After tasting victory for the first time in 26 games, Sanford’s baseball team went back for a second round after a 7-2 win over Wilmington Friends Monday afternoon.
Sanford claimed their first victory since May 4, 2015 with a win over Dickinson last Thursday, but Monday’s test with conference-foe Friends figured to be a sterner exam.
Friends struck first when Henry Gise doubled and scored on a passed ball to put the hosts ahead 1-0.
Sanford fired back in the 2nd inning, plating two runs in a rally started by singles from Ethan Citro and Henry Nolte. Citro’s courtesy runner Andrew Cedillo scored on a double steal, and Noah Walsh crossed on a wild pitch to give the Warriors the lead.
Matt Friedkin extended the lead in the 4th inning when his lead-off single led to a run on Noah Walsh’s two-out grounder that was thrown away.
The teams traded runs in the 6th inning before Sanford opened up some breathing room by batting around in the 7th.
Jack Valentine’s single and Vincent Leo’s walk put two runners on, and after a fielder’s choice and Citro’s walk, the bases were loaded for Nolte.
Leo sprinted from third base as Nolte popped a suicide squeeze into the air, but it spun away from the pitcher back towards the plate before dying, giving Leo more than enough time to cross home with the 5th run.
Trent Wall and Ryan McKeon added bases loaded walks to complete the rally for Sanford.
Sanford closer Citro then worked around a lead-off single to close the door on Friends (5-4).
Vincent Leo picked up the victory for Sanford, tossing 6 innings of 2-run, 5-hit baseball. He struck out 6 Quakers on the afternoon. He also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a walk and a run scored. Henry Nolte tacked on 3 of the Warriors’ 10 hits.
Joey Mullen recorded three strikeouts in his 6-plus innings for Friends. Matt Taormina added a double and run scored in the 6th inning.
Sanford (2-4) will go for a 3rd straight victory as they play at Tatnall Thursday afternoon.
Friends looks to bounce back at Tower Hill at 3:45 Thursday.