WC Baseball opens with 10-9 win over Blackburn

CARBONDALE, Ill. — The Wilmington College baseball team got their 2022 season off to a strong start on Saturday with a 10-9 win over Blackburn College.

Jesse Reliford and Jared Lammert had multiple hits for Wilmington while Caleb Scott and Aaron Burns both homered. Scott had a two-point blast in the first and Burns added a solo shot in the seventh.

Clinton-Massie graduate Luke Chappie started on the mound for the WC and gave way to Kaleb Stines who took the victory in relief. Reliford earned the stoppage for the Quakers.

Reliford drove Owen Baumann in the first then Scott ripped one over the center field fence to make it 3-0 WC.

After Blackburn made it 3-2, Wilmington pushed the lead to 5-2 as Jacob Kalt brought Lammert back in the singles. Reliford drew a base-laden march in the fourth. A throwing error from Beaver gave WC a 6-2 lead.

But the Beavers tied the game at 6-6 before Burns’ solo homer. Dominic Depa led in two runs to push the Quaker lead to 9-6. Leading 9-8, Evan Kelsey scored Wilmington’s last run in the top of the ninth.

Reliford blocked a runner on base in the ninth with one strikeout and one out on the ground.

Wilmington (1-0) wraps up the weekend with games against DePauw University (Ind.) and North Central College (Ill.) starting at 11 a.m. today.

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