Romel’s 10 K’s Keep Fall’s Win Train On Track, Stop Comets 4-2
Junior southpaw Collin Romel fanned 10 Comets while scattering 8 hits and allowing only a single earned in another complete game gem.
Romel walked only 1 batter and threw 79 strikes out of 117 pitches. Romel shook off a 1st inning run and worked around an unearned run the 7th to bring home the bacon for the Bulldogs who are gaining valuable season momentum with the playoffs starting soon.
The Bulldogs rang up their 4th straight SWC victory and used a crooked number in the 4th inning to grab the lead for good. Freshman call-up Jack Spellacy dealt the damage with 3 run tater and touched the dish twice for the Dogs.
Seniors Aidan Kelley and Aaron Zawadzki chipped in 2 hits apiece in the 9 hit Bulldog attack.
The Dogs answered in the 2nd frame when Senior Matt Archual used an RBI groundout to score Jack Spellacy who singled to start the inning. The Dogs grabbed the lead for good in the 3rd when Zawadski and Romel both singled and moved up on a wild pitch. Spellacy then sent a 3-2 fastball into the unmowed grass behind the fence for a 3 run dinger.
Spellacy’s homer was the first by a freshman in varsity play since Brennan Laird in 2007.
That was all the help Romel needed as he thwarted a couple uprisings by Amherst in the 4th and 5th innings with crucial strikeouts to end the possible rally. The Dogs extended the 7th inning by allowing and unearned run but came through with a fine SWC win 4-2 over the Comets.
The Dogs move to 11-5 on the season and 8-4 in SWC their best mark since Coach Dan Largent took over in 2010, including the State Final Four squad. The Bulldogs have positioned the team for a favorable draw in the sectional seedings.