Marlins Sweep Baseball Men To Close Season

Senior Beau Banglesdorf scored the first run of the day and factored in all three runs the men scored in game two.
Senior Beau Banglesdorf scored the first run of the day and factored in all three runs the men scored in game two.

The Royals wrapped up their 2012 season on Saturday, by taking on a streaking Virginia Wesleyan team on the road.  The Marlins, who had beaten No. 2 Christopher Newport the day before, kept on their roll as they swept Eastern Mennonite in the season finale for both teams.

Virginia Wesleyan 5, EMU 2
The Royals had the first lead of the day, jumping ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth.  Beau Banglesdorf (Stafford, VA/Mountain View) doubled, stole third, and then came in when Justin Rodriguez (Miramar, FL/Pace) hit into a doubleplay.

The Marlins came right back in the bottom of the inning, however, and re-took a lead which they never gave up by scoring a pair of runs.  Eastern Mennonite scored their other run in the sixth with Chris Rodriguez (Miami, FL/Pace) starting things off with a walk.  Back-to-back singles from Jonathan Estrada (Miami, FL/Doral Academy) and Michael Wade (Waynesboro, VA/Fort Defiance) brought him in.

Daniel Stanley (Henrico, VA/Varina) threw a complete game for the men and took the loss.

Wade finished 3-4 with an RBI to lead a 10-hit attack.  Banglesdorf and B.J. Mortimer (Mechanicsville, VA/Lee-Davis) each had a pair of hits.  Chris Rodriguez and Ryan McAlister (Bridgewater, VA/Turner Ashby) each had a hit and a walk.

Virginia Wesleyan, 9, EMU 4
The home team scored first in the nightcap before EMU threw up a three spot in the second.  Ryan McAlister started the scoring with a two-out RBI double.  Banglesdorf hit a triple to put the men in front and Mortimer then singled him in to push the lead to 3-1.

Virginia Wesleyan got one back in the bottom of the frame by scratching out three walks and a hit batter off starter Casey Harlow (Louisa, VA/Louisa County).  One more run in the third tied the game at 3-3.

The deadlock lasted until the seventh, when the Marlins used an RBI single to go up 4-3.  VWC got all the insurance they needed in the eighth, bringing in five runs.  McAlister singled and scored on a wild pitch in the ninth to produce the final 9-4 score.

Harlow had an effective outing, giving up four runs in seven innings.  Adam Posey (Poquoson, VA/Poquoson) also pitched in relief, getting tagged for five runs in the eighth.

Banglesdorf was again solid on a day when he took over the leadoff spot, going 2-4 with a walk, run and RBI.  McAlister batted 2-2 with a walk.  He scored twice and knocked in another.  Posey and Joshua Martin (Crozet, VA/Western Albemarle) each had a pair of hits.

It was the final game in a Royals uniform for Richter, Banglesdorf, Dylan Smith (Sterling, VA/Park View), Justin King (Lititz, PA/Warwick) and Martin.  Smith leaves as the EMU record holder for career walks, walks in a season and times being hit by a pitch.

EMU closes the season with a record of 11-27 overall and 4-14 in the ODAC.