March can be a dreary time in Maine. For the Bates baseball team, the doldrums of March have been particularly sullen, as the team as struggled to play their scheduled games. Last weekend, storm Stella resulted in the cancellation of three games. Fortunately, the team’s run of four weeks without game action (since their trip to southern California over February break) ended this past weekend, as the Bobcat boys of summer split a classic doubleheader at Salem State Saturday, and thumped Endicott 10-4 on Sunday.
Steve Leavitt spun a gem for the Vikings in the shortened, seven inning game 1 of the doubleheader in Salem, MA. He tossed seven innings of five hit ball, striking out six Bobcats and walking just one. He gave up an RBI sacrifice fly to Brendan Fox ‘17 in the first inning, which brought home Ryan McCarthy ‘17 who reached on an error to begin the game. But Salem State would respond with four runs in the bottom half of the opening frame thanks to three errors from Bates. The score wouldn’t change for the rest of the game.
Game two featured another low scoring affair, as pitchers Stephen Keskindis of the Vikings and Connor Russell ‘19 for the Bobcats matched zeros through five innings. Russell was pulled in the sixth for Alex Simon ‘19, who recorded one out before closer Matt Doyle ‘17 came on for the remaining five outs. Keskindis started the seventh, but did not record an out as the heart of the Bobcat order reached base via two free passes and a hit by pitch. A wild pitch, sac fly, and an RBI single from shortstop Asher MacDonald ‘18 would give Doyle enough of a lead to secure the save and finish the split. This 3-0 win marked Bates’ first victory since February 22, when they defeated Cal Tech.
Sunday featured a single nine inning game against Endicott in Beverly MA, where Bates jumped out to a 9-0 lead, and didn’t look back as they cruised to a 10-4 victory. Designated hitter Eric Vilanova ‘17 launched a bases clearing double in Bates’ four run second inning, on his way to an impressive four RBI day in the fifth spot of coach Jon Martin’s lineup. Third basemen Kyle Carter ‘20 recorded three hits and an RBI in the victory. Anthony Telesca ‘17 was serviceable on the bump for the Bobcats, pitching five innings and yielding just two earned runs on seven hits in 74 pitches. A cohort of Bates’ relievers each recorded an inning of work to close out the victory.
With their weekend showing, the baseball team moved to 4-4 on the season. The Cats are slated to take on Colby in a three game series this weekend to kickoff NESCAC play, barring inclement weather. Here’s to a warm front and turf diamonds!