The Bates Baseball team ended their 2016 season on Saturday as they faced WIlliams in a double header.
The first game of the series was a 10-1 Williams rout of Bates. Nothing seemed to go right for the Bobcats, as Williams recorded 11 total hits en route to the easy victory. Williams starting pitcher Luke Rodino gave up just two hits in six innings of pitching. Freshman Dan Truli provided the one Bates run, as he doubled to send Junior Ryan McCarthy home. Other than Truli, Asher MacDonald and Brendan Canavan were the only other Bobcats to record hits in game one.
Wanting to end their season on a good note, Bates was determined to produce a different outcome as the afternoon session began. The Bobcats set the tone in the bottom of the second to take a 1-0 lead. Senior Evan Czopek, playing in his last career game, hit a double to right center field. Truli then laid down a sacrifice bunt to bring him to third. Sophomore Jake Shapiro stepped to the plate and singled to bring Czopek home. Bats scored another run in the third inning.
Sophomore Connor Russell pitched a dominant seven innings, but the game was still tied at 2-2 going into the bottom of the eighth. Junior Brendan Fox stepped to the plate and whacked a line drive single. He then used his foxlike speed (pun intended) to steal second on a pitch in the dirt. The throw to second went to center field and Fox sprinted to third. The throw to third went into the dugout and Fox scored to give Bates what would be their last run of the season. What a way to end the season! The game ended with a 3-2 Bates win.