Caravel’s Ethan DeRegis hit his first varsity home run as the Bucs held off Saint Mark’s in a chilly 10-7 baseball showdown Tuesday afternoon.
Games between two of the most storied programs in Delaware can be unpredictable, and neither team could have predicted how many runs would be scored in the first few innings.
Caravel set the tone in the first, using two walks and three errors to score a run, and then an RBI single by Joey Silan gave them a 2-0 lead.
They’d tack on three more runs in the second, getting a walk and Michael Summerfield single before Vincent Green’s 2-run double to the wall in left, and Bradley Kaden’s RBI single to center.
Saint Mark’s pushed back, as they began to take advantage of Caravel mistakes, getting a hit batter and walk to start off their 2nd inning.
Austin Warrington followed with an RBI double, and Dom Catalano then put an RBI single in left, and Matt Sinko’s fielder’s choice brought the deficit down to 5-3.
Caravel again put the pressure on in the 3rd, as Silan reached on an error before DeRegis uncorked a blast over the fence in left, that drew a delayed reaction from the fans and his bench before they realized he’d hit his first career homer.
Down 7-3, Saint Mark’s rallied right back, as three Caravel errors allowed three runs to score in the 3rd inning, despite a double play.
Once again the Spartans couldn’t keep down Caravel, as they brought three more runs home on an RBI single by Aaron Holiday, and a 2-run single by pinch-hitter Chris Chahalis.
Finally Caravel’s Joey Silan settled down on the mound, as he kept Saint Mark’s on the board for the rest of his 5 2/3 inning outing before reaching the 105 pitch limit. He struck out 10 betters against a walk and a hit, but there were four errors behind him.
Saint Mark’s would get a chance to rally in the 7th, with Eric Ludman’s lead-off single coming before a 1-out walk by Austin Warrington, and a single by Dom Catalano to load the bases, and bring the tying run to the plate.
Caravel brought in Tommy Tracey, who showed some nerves by slamming four warm-up pitches off the backstop, and giving up a bases-loaded walk to Joe Lungren to bring the potential winning run to the plate with just one out.
The junior would settle down, getting a pop out and fly out to secure his first high school save, and the win for Caravel.
Each team was charged with four errors in the contest.
Caravel (4-0) collected two hits from Summerfield, with Green and DeRegis each driving in two runs. They’ll begin a four-game homestand on Saturday at 7pm against Indian River.
Justin Tomovich and Dom Catalano each went 3-for-4 and Austin Warrington drove in two runs for Saint Mark’s (5-1), who will face Saint Elizabeth on Thursday at Canby Park.