The C.W. Post baseball team defeated the Concordia College Clippers on Sunday, their first game action in a week. This past week the Pioneers went into the non-conference part of their schedule. The Pioneers were scheduled to play three games this week against Bloomfield and Dominican College but both were cancelled due to inclement weather. The weather on Sunday wasn’t any better as the Pioneers played through the elements to capture their seventh victory of the season.
Freshman pitcher Mike Eckerle made his first collegiate start, going 1-2-3 in the first inning. Both teams were held scoreless in the first until Concordia struck for three runs in the top of the second inning on two singles and a bases loaded walk. Eckerle settled down after that inning allowing five hits and striking out five in five strong innings of work to pick up his first collegiate win. In the top of the third inning, the number-four hitter for Concordia popped up a foul ball heading towards the Concordia dugout. The ball seemed to be out of play when sophomore Kevin Chenicek made what has to be one of the top plays all year by reaching over the roof of the dugout and falling into the Concordia bench while holding onto the ball to make the improbable catch. Chenicek’s catch brought a little momentum to the Pioneer offense as Post scored five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Sophomore catcher Anthony Corona knocked an RBI double to score freshman Rich Maccarone for the first run of the inning. Sophomore outfielder Dan Burnett added a double of his own to score another, and freshman Tom Tolan drove in senior Joe Mare to score the fifth run of the inning.
Post went on to add two more runs in the sixth, while striking out three more in the eighth inning. Sophomore Ryan O’Kelly added three shut down innings allowing only one run, while junior Bo Budkevics came on to pitch a perfect ninth. Dan Burnett led the Pioneer offense with a flawless 4-4 game scoring a run and notching two stolen bases and an RBI. The Pioneers get back to conference play this week against Mercy College.