Spartans Fall to Hiroshima Carp in Dominican Finale, 3-2

SAN PEDRO DE MACORIS, D.R. – The Castleton baseball dropped its final game in the Dominican Republic to the Hiroshima Carp, 3-2, on Thursday morning in San Pedro de Macoris.

Castleton scored both of its runs in the first inning. Deagan Poland led the game off with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Dillon Benham. After Zach Bahan reached first via hit by pitch, an errant pickoff throw by the Hiroshima pitcher advanced both runners as Poland crossed the plate to make it 1-0. Jonathan Lindau skipped a hard ground ball that was misplayed by the shortstop to score Bahan from second and double the Spartan lead to 2-0.

Hiroshima scored one run in the third and added two more runs in the sixth. A different pitcher every inning through the final three frames was enough to keep the Spartans off balance, as the game ended 3-2.

Devin Hayes started on the mound, striking out four while scattering three hits over five innings. Michael LaBeau threw the sixth and seventh innings, before Steven Jurkiewicz tossed the final inning in relief for the Spartans.

Castleton concludes its Dominican trip with all five games decided by one run. The Spartans will now return to the United States and prepare for the season-opener on March 11 versus Middlebury.