Last time the duo of Tad Barton and Jim McDade took the mound for the Marauders in a double header, it resulted in one of the finest days of pitching that the Marauders have seen in a long time to the tune of two complete games, allowing one run and six hits between them. This time, against visiting Mansfield, the duo took the mound and walked away with much of the same results, a comfortable 6-1 victory in game one and a 2-1 extra inning thriller in game two.
The Marauders gave starter Tad Barton more than enough run support in the first inning alone of game one. A bases-loaded RBI single by Alex Ramsay kicked off the scoring, driving home Tyler Orris to put the Marauders up 1-0. A balk by Mansfield starter Quin Taylor gave the Marauders their second run of the inning and advanced runners to second and third with one out. An RBI single by Dan Stoltzfus following a fielders choice capped off the scoring in the first for the Marauders, who headed into the second with a comfortable three run lead.
The Mountaineers’ lone run came in the top of the second inning when an errant pickoff throw advanced a runner to third, who came around to score on a fielder’s choice one batter later. The run was unearned, giving Barton just two earned runs allowed in his last 20.1 innings pitched. He hasn’t allowed more than three in any game this season.
RBI singles by Zach Stone and Mark Stuckey, coupled with a sac fly by Chas McCormick drove in the three insurance runs the Marauders were able to tack on in the coming innings.
Barton improved his record to 6-2 on the season with the win. The six wins are two shy of his career best eight that he set last year. His sparkling 2.28 ERA and five complete games are both career bests for the senior.
Game two, featuring Jim McDade on the hill for the Marauders was a much closer affair. With both offenses quiet through the first two innings, the Mountaineers were able to take the lead on a two out double to center field, scoring one. The double was one of few mistakes McDade made on the afternoon.
A pitchers’ duel throughout, the Marauders remained off the board until their half of the sixth when the Mountaineers Brandon Garrett uncorked a wild pitch allowing Chas McCormick to score from third, tying the game.
McCormick, who lead off the sixth with a single and advanced on a errant pickoff throw, was the first batter to record a hit for the Marauders since Zach Stone’s first inning single.
Unable to settle the score in regulation, the Marauders and Mountaineers headed into extras. Garrett was relieved in the eighth after seven spectacular innings allowing just the one unearned run. McDade, on the other hand, completed the game himself, striking out the final batter in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded to preserve the tie.
McDade was rewarded in the Marauders’ half of the inning when Kurt Seiders lead off the inning by showing off his speed, legging out an infield single and promptly stealing second base. Dan Stoltzfus managed to come up the hero, singling through the right side to plate Seiders and score give the Marauders their second walk off win in as many days.
The win was the redshirt sophomore McDade’s fifth of the year, already besting his three wins from last season. He seems to have found his groove this season, cutting his ERA by more than four whole points down to 2.48 on the year to go along with his three complete games.
The Marauders next game is another doubleheader, this time at Mansfield on Monday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 1 p.m.