WATERVILLE, Maine – The Thomas College baseball team completed their 2017 season with a North Atlantic Conference (NAC) doubleheader sweep of Colby-Sawyer on senior day, 7-3 and 2-1.
The Terriers finish the season at 7-31-1 (7-17 NAC) while the Chargers remain in the playoff hunt at 19-17 (11-11 NAC).
Before the game, seniors Rett Adams (Atlanta, Ga.), Taylor Bacon (Skowhegan, Maine), Jay Chenard (Salem Township, Maine), and Jordan Gibson (Marietta, Ga.) were recognized for their four-year commitment to Thomas baseball.
Thomas 7, Colby-Sawyer 3
The Terriers offense pushed across two runs in the first inning as Gibson's double down the left field line allowed Isaiah Arana (Orlando, Fla.) and Tristan Pena (Portland, Texas) to score for an early 2-0 lead.
The Chargers offense came to life in the top of the fifth as they cut the lead in half. Doug Avellino ripped a double to left center to plate Liam De la Blotier and Jackson Musco.
Adams and Kyle Fletcher (Monmouth, Maine) responded with back-to-back doubles to right center in the next half of the inning to bring in two more runs. The Terriers added another unearned run to go up 7-2.
Colby-Sawyer scored one run in the final frame on a sacrifice fly from Avellino to finish the scoring at 7-3.
Bacon threw all seven innings on the mound for Thomas in his final game, scattering six hits and three runs.
Michael Fazio shouldered the loss for the Chargers in three innings of work, allowing seven hits and four runs (three earned). Connor Henry threw three innings of relief with three hits and three runs (two earned) allowed. Avellino had all three RBI for his team.
Thomas 2, Colby-Sawyer 1
The Terriers once again took an early lead in the bottom of the first. Grant Corbett (Manchester, N.H.) knocked a single to right field to bring in Pena.
The Chargers knotted the game up in the top of the third on an attempted double steal. Joey Fenuccio took off for second base, getting involved in a rundown. Avellino was able to reach home safely before the tag was made on Fenuccio, tying the game at 1-1.
In the final frame, the Terriers loaded the bases with two outs with Pena at the plate. Pena grounded to shortstop and the ball was thrown to third base for a force out. A dropped ball by the third baseman allowed Vinall to reach safely at third and allowed Darren Kelly (Foxboro, Mass.) to score to end the game at 2-1.
Chenard earned his first collegiate victory on the mound for Thomas in his first ever start, throwing all seven innings, scattering four hits and one run.
Hood was given the loss for Colby-Sawyer in 6.2 innings, allowing six hits and two runs (one earned). Avellino went 2-for-3 at the dish with a run scored.