Linfield pounds out 17 hits in drubbing of Southern Maine in winners' bracket
APPLETON, Wis. -- Linfield backed the six-hit, complete-game pitching effort of sophomore righthander Aaron Thomassen with a 17-hit attack to defeat Southern Maine Huskies 10-1 in a winners' bracket game of the 2013 Division III Baseball Championship at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Wildcats (40-7) move on in the winners' bracket to play the winner of the late game between Kean and Wisconsin-Stevens Point on Sunday evening. The Huskies (43-9) will face Webster in an elimination game on Sunday.
Thomassen (11-2) kept the Huskies off stride throughout the game surrendering five singles and two walks while striking out nine. The only mistake Thomassen made came in the fourth inning when USM junior Forrest Chadwick took him deep for his eighth home run of the season.
The Wildcats came right out of the gate against USM junior left-hander Logan Carman batting around and putting up five runs in the top of the first inning. Junior Tim Richards beat out a chopper to second for an infield single, and sophomore Corey VanDomelem worked Carman for a walk. Junior Nick Fisher singled home the first run. After a lineout, junior Kramer Lindell brought home the second run with another single.
Carman got the second out on a strikeout, but senior Jordan Harlow drove in two runs with a double down the left field line, and senior Kyle Chamberlain followed with the Wildcats fifth hit of the inning to drive in the fifth run and knock Carman from the hill. Carman suffered his first loss of the season after winning 12 games.
The Huskies used nine pitchers behind Carman trying to stem the Wildcats. The ten pitchers used by the Huskies set a championship record for most hurlers used by one team in a game.
Linfield, coached by former major leaguer Scott Brosius, added a single run in the third inning on junior Clayton Truex's double to left-center field. The Wildcats tacked on three more in the fourth on a double play grounder and a two-run homer by junior Jake Wylie.
Truex led the Wildcats offense going 4 for 5. VanDomelen had three hits. Every member of the Wildcats' starting lineup had at least one hit.
No USM player had more than one hit. Junior John Carey had a sixth-inning single to extend his hitting streak to 20 games. Carey is the third USM player to have a 20-game hitting streak this season. Senior Nick Grady had a 25-game streak earlier in the season, and freshman Sam Dexter had his 22-game streak stopped on Friday against Millsaps.