Three-run fourth inning guides Apprentice to win over VWC

Three-run fourth inning guides Apprentice to win over VWC

HAMPTON, Va. -- Apprenctice School put together a three-run fourth inning Tuesday to help the Builders slip past the visiting Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins, 5-3 in non-conference action at War Memorial Stadium.

Virginia Wesleyan (7-21) took the early lead with a run in the third, as Matt Ittner (Virginia Beach/Frank W. Cox) singled and was followed by a two-single from Anthony Sircausa (Auburn, N.Y./Auburn).  Ittner scored when Alex Lambert (Virginia Beach/Ocean Lakes) singled to right field.

But, Apprentice (23-14) took the lead away from the Marlins with the three-run fourth.  A walk and batter hit by a pitch put two runners on base for the Builders, who sent a run in when Chris Perry (Chesapeake, Va./Deep Creek) doubled down the left line.  Chris Scarola (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown) followed with a two-RBI single.

Virginia Wesleyan came back with solo runs in the fifth and seventh innings, but it wasn't enough to regain control. The seventh inning run came via Sircusa, the lead off, who drilled a home run into left field.

The Marlins finished out-hitting the Builders 13-9.  Siracusa led the effort with four hits and Lambert added three.  Ittner finished with two.  Trevin Wilson (Newport News, Va./Heritage), Andrew Hooper (Middlesex, Va./Middlesex), and Scarola all had two hits each for Apprentice.

Rookie David Austin (Rockville, Md./Patrick Henry) started on the mound for Virginia Wesleyan.  He worked 4.1 innings, striking out four, walking four, and allowing four hits and three earned runs.  Reid Hoffler (Chesapeake, Va./Nansemond River) followed to face four batters, before Dylan Stoskus (Asburn, Va./Ashburn) entered to end the game.  He struck out two, walked one and surrendered three hits.

Ryland Edwards (Franklin, Va./Southampton) pitched six innings for Apprentice, giving up 12 hits and two earned runs.  He struck out two.  Sam Massie (Hampton, Va./Hampton) finished and stuck out two, walked one, and allowed one hit.

Virginia Wesleyan competes again on Wednesday, April 18, in a rescheduled game with Hampden-Sydney College.  The Old Dominion Athletic Conference twinbill begins at 1 p.m.