FINAL SCORE: Apprentice School 7, College of the Albemarle 2
WHERE: Knobbs Creek Park – Elizabeth City, NC
RECORDS: Apprentice School 26-6, College of the Albemarle 18-19
RANKING: Apprentice School (#1 USCAA)
IN BRIEF: Senior Devorn Lake belted two home runs, a solo shot in the first and a two-run blast in the ninth, as the Apprentice School snapped a two-game losing skid in defeating College of the Albemarle 7-2.
- The Builders jumped out quickly on starter Brandon Marsh as Trevin Wilson opened the game with a single and stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch. After one out, Chris Aldridge drove him in with a sacrifice fly. Lake followed with a solo blast to put the Builders up 2-0.
- The Dolphins tied the game in their half of the first inning as Cameron Horn walked and went to second on a sacrifice. A Josh Howard single moved him to third before Alex Weaver scored him on a sacrifice fly to center. Austin Lee then doubled to score Howard and tie the game.
- Both teams were kept off the board over the next four innings before the Builders plated a run in the sixth. With two outs, Mark Labrador doubled and Chris Scarola drew a walk to put runners at first and second. Zach Harding followed with a run-scoring single to plate Labrador for a 3-2 lead.
- In the seventh, Aldridge started with a single and went to third on a single by Lake. Cody Seals then scored Aldridge with a sacrifice fly to go up 4-2.
- Once again, the Builders scratched a run in the eighth as Labrador started with a single and went to second on a sacrifice by Scarola. Harding reached on an error which allowed Labrador to score for a 5-2.
- Lake put the final damage on the scoreboard in the ninth as he followed Aldridge's single with his second home run of the game for the 7-2 final.
- David Sebera came in with one out in the seventh and two runners on before ending that threat with a fly out and a strikeout looking. He earned his third save of the year as Ryland Edwards earned the win going 6.1 innings and allowing six hits, three strikeouts and two earned runs.
- Aldridge, Labrador and Harding had two hits each to join Lake in the multi-hit club for the game. The Builders out-hit the Dolphins 12-8.
- The 2-home run game from Lake was the third time in his career he has done that. Lake has done it twice at Knobbs Creek Park - almost two years to the day. He did it as a sophomore on April 13, 2011 and then again on April 10, 2013. Lake also pulled that feat at home against Kutztown on February 18, 2011.
- With Sebera's save, the Builders have had seven saves through the first 32 games. That is the most since 2007 when they set the school record with nine.
The Apprentice School returns to the home field on Thursday night at 7 pm when they face Bridgewater College. The Eagles are ranked 28th in the latest American Baseball Coaches Association Top 30.