VERO BEACH, FLA. -- The Apprentice School baseball team opened its three-day weekend in Vero Beach, Fla. on Friday by losing a doubleheader to Hagerstown CC 10-5 and 7-4 at Vero Beach Sports Village.
In game one, the Hawks jumped out quickly scoring four runs in the first inning with two of those coming in on a single by Chris Kulik. The Builders chipped away scoring a run in the third as with one out Trevin Wilson singled and advanced to third on an errant forceout throw. Devorn Lake then drove him in on a fielders choice.
Apprentice School pushed four across in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead as Chris Aldridge doubled in a pair, while Wilson and Travis Franklin each had a RBI single in the inning. Hagerstown tied it in the fifth on a one-out triple by Dylan Dunn and broke the game open with a five-run seventh to take the 10-5 win.
The second game saw no one crack the scoreboard until the top of the fifth as the Builders pushed a pair of runs across. Franklin started with a single and following a strikeout advanced to third as Andrew Hooper reached on a throwing error and took second on the play. After a groundout, Chris Perry plated them both with a single up the middle.
Hagerstown answered with a pair in the bottom of the fifth, but the Builders responded with two more in the top of the sixth. Chris Scarola started the inning being hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Aldridge. Following a groundout, walk and another hit batter, Hooper pushed a single through the left side to score Scarola and Franklin to put the Builders up 4-2.
But as in game one, the Hawks erupted in the sixth inning scoring five runs with the key blow being a two-run double from Jacob Kenney which put them up 5-4 at the time.
Hooper was the leading hitter in the game going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI to lead the Builders at the plate. Aldridge took the loss in relief to drop to 0-1 on the year.
Apprentice School now takes the field again on Saturday morning at 10 am against NCAA Division III Northwestern College (Minn.) and then face Bridgewater State College (Mass.) at 4 pm.