Pictured: Sophomore Michael McKernan hits a two out double in the first inning.
NEW HAVEN, Mo. - In Monday night’s snowy home opener, New Haven defeated Wellsville in five innings 11-1, picking up their first win of the year after losing their season opener at Calvary Lutheran, 5-4, last Friday.
Sophomore Michael McKernan came through for the Shamrocks in the first inning with a two out bases-loaded-double to right field, batting in three runs as New Haven led 3-0 after one.
Ross Seitter would retire the side in the top of the second inning, recording one of his five strikeouts on the night.
In Seitter’s first appearance on the season, he held Wellsville to just three hits and one run, which came off a two out base hit in the third, making at 3-1 game.
New Haven then exploded for four runs in their half of the third inning after Garrett Schoenfeld and Tyler Strobel both walked, Brandon Carey knocked an RBI single to right field, giving New Haven a 4-1 lead.
Assistant Coach Ray Steinhoff talks with Dylan Goodwin before Goodwin's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth would be the game winner, batting in the Shamrock's 11th run, ending the game as New Haven led by 10 runs.
New Haven would score three more runs off two walks and one error to end the inning up 7-1.
Seitter retired six straight batters before New Haven scored four more runs in the bottom of the fifth to close out Wellsville in five innings, improving to 1-1 on the year and Seitter 1-0.
McKernan ended up 3-4 from the plate and batted in four RBI’s. Carey also finished 3-4 with one RBI and scored three runs for the Shamrocks.
New Haven turns right around to face Pacific at home on Tuesday night in their first game of the Four Rivers Baseball Classic then travel to Montgomery County on Wednesday.
Depending on the outcome of either game will determine if New Haven will play in Saturday’s finals.
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2B: Michael McKernan
HITS: Michael McKernan 3, Brandon Carey 3, Dylan Goodwin, Ross Seitter.
RBI: Michael McKernan 4, Dylan Goodwin, Kyle Ruediger, Brandon Carey.