By Gareth Kwok, Sports Editor
// After an extra innings 2-1 loss to Clayton Valley on Tuesday, the Dons got back into the win column on Thursday, posting a 5-3 win over College Park. This gives Acalanes a 5-9 overall record and a 1-1 league record after one week of league play.
Acalanes finally chalked up the hits they have been waiting for as the offense has scuffled for most of the season. Junior Nick Berry got the scoring started in the 2nd inning with an RBI double down the left field line, one of two hits by the designated hitter. After a College Park error scored the Dons’ second run of the game, senior shortstop Matt Burns rapped a two-run triple into the right-center field gap. The ball got past the diving College Park centerfielder and Burns, without any hesitation, easily sped in with a triple with his excellent speed. Burns eventually scored on a single hit up the middle by senior first baseman Matty Vicencio. This five-run outburst in the 2nd inning proved to be all the offense the Dons needed.
College Park would answer back in the 3rd inning with two runs of their own. However, junior Brian Merken limited the damage for the day, going six innings and striking out three, while allowing three runs.
Senior closer Kevin McConnell came in to pitch the 7th. With two outs and two runners on base, including the go-ahead run up to bat, McConnell threw a beautiful curveball right down the middle for strike three, ending the game and giving the Dons their first league win of the season.
The Dons are playing a non-league contest on the road at Archbishop Mitty today. Their next league game is at Campolindo on April 25.
Blueprint Video by Gareth Kwok
Senior closer Kevin McConnell strikes out a College Park batter to finish off a Dons victory.