Baseball Downs Apprentice, Falls to Tufts in DH Split

Baseball Downs Apprentice, Falls to Tufts in DH Split

HAMPTON, Va. – The Castleton baseball team split a doubleheader on Friday afternoon, defeating Apprentice, 7-1, before falling to Tufts in the nightcap, 8-4.

With the split, Castleton moves to 4-5 on the season. Apprentice is now 13-8, while Tufts improves to 1-0.

Castleton 7, Apprentice 1

Castleton rode a dominating performance from Charles Stapleford on the mound and another three-hit game for Davis Mikell at the plate to secure a victory in the opening game of the doubleheader.

Stapleford tossed seven strong innings with four strikeouts while scattering two hits and one earned run to pick up his first win of the season. Mikell went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI behind his second long ball of the season. Deagan Poland, Pat Mumford, Mitchell Caron, and Alex Borsari each finished with a hit apiece. 

The Spartans wasted little time getting on the board with three runs in the top of the first. Poland worked a one-out walk and advanced to third on a single by Mikell. Jonathan Lindau drove Poland home one batter later and eventually stole second to draw a throw and allow Mikell to race home from third. Lindau came around to score on a wild pitch to stake the Spartans to an early 3-0 lead.

After Borsari was hit by a pitch and scored on a fielder's choice by Matt Braman in the top of the second, the Spartans went back to work with three more runs on three hits in the fourth. Poland singled through the left side to bring home Braman, before Mikell blasted a two-run home run to deep right center to give Castleton breathing room and stretch the lead to 7-0.

Stapleford lost his shutout bid in the seventh on an RBI single by Mike Brumfield that scored Wesley Pierce. Stapleford closed out his strong outing with a fly out and Cameron Goulet tossed two scoreless innings in relief to secure the 7-1 victory for the Spartans.

Ismael Brito and Brumfield led the Builders offensively with two hits apiece. Kyle Flowers took the loss on the mound with seven runs (five earned) over four innings. 

Tufts 8, Castleton 4

Castleton held a lead for the first five innings in the nightcap, but Tufts used an eight-run sixth to come back and defeat the Spartans.

The Spartans staked an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first as Braman beat an infield single and came around to score on a long triple by Lindau, which rattled off the top of the wall and just inside the foul pole down the right field line.

Lindau came through with another big hit in the fifth inning to double the Spartans' lead. Poland lined a single into right field and advanced to second on a passed ball before Lindau drilled a line drive single back up the middle to stretch Castleton's lead to 2-0.

Mikell continued to cruise on the mound with three straight 1-2-3 innings through the fifth, but Tufts brought 12 batters to the plate and scored eight runs to take control in the sixth. The first six batters reached base safely, culminating with RBI singles by Nick Falkson and Ryan Day to give the Jumbos a 4-2 lead. Mikell battled back to induce a key double play, but a pair of RBI doubles around a two-run home run extended the inning and stretched the lead to 8-2 in favor of Tufts.

Castleton added a run in the eighth on a sacrifice fly by Steven Walsh and tacked on one more in the ninth on an RBI double off the bat of Caron, but the Spartans ran out of time as Tufts secured the 8-4 victory.

The Spartans outhit Tufts, 12-8, led by two hits each from Braman, Poland, Lindau, Caron, and Borsari. Mikell shouldered the loss, allowing six earned runs over 5.2 innings of work. Aaron Smith delivered the final out of the sixth but surrendered two earned runs, while Garrett Moran tossed two scoreless frames with a strikeout.

Casey Santos-Ocampo and Ryan Day recorded two hits apiece to lead Tufts offensively. R.J. Hall picked up the win with seven strikeouts and two earned runs over six innings.

Castleton returns to action at 10 a.m. on Saturday against St. Vincent at War Memorial Stadium. The Spartans will take on Marymount in the afternoon at 1 p.m. in the final contest of the Virginia trip.