11th inning home run lifts Apprentice to 9-7 win over Marlins

11th inning home run lifts Apprentice to 9-7 win over Marlins

HAMPTON, Va. -- Collin Wilber (Yorktown/Grafton) connected for a two-run home run in the bottom of the 11th inning Friday to lift the Apprentice School Builders to a 9-7 non-conference victory over the Virginia Wesleyan College Marlins at War Memorial Stadium.

Virginia Wesleyan (12-9) rallied three times during the game to create a tie score at 3-all in the third inning, 5-all after five innings and 7-all after eight, but managed only one single through the ninth, 10th and 11th innings.  Apprentice (17-12) produced a single in the 10th, but found the hits needed to pull out the win in the 11th when Jacob Coutiss (New Kent/New Kent) got things started with a single.  Wilber followed with the game-winning hit.

Sophomores Taylor Erby (Norfolk/Lake Taylor) and Nik Milvo (Norfolk/Chesapeake Indian River) both hit home runs to highlight a 12-hit offense by the Marlins. Erby's was a two-run shot that tied the game at 3-all in the third and Milvo's was a solo belt that helped tie things at 7-all in the eighth.  Senior Zach Bach (Virginia Beach/Frank W. Cox) added a double and single for the Marlins, who got two hits each from rookie Randy Neisz (Richmond/J.R. Tucker) and Erby.

Apprentice connected for 15 hits, led by Brock Harris (Scottsville/Fluvanna) with a single, double, and triple, Countiss with two doubles and a single, and Christian Burton (Newport News/Woodside) with three singles.

Seven Marlins took turns on the mound, starting with rookie Glen Pizzanello (Chesapeake/Grassfield) who worked two innings. Senior Dylan Stoskus (Ashburn/Arlington Bishop O'Connell) worked the longest, facing 14 batters in the final 3.1 innings.  Stoskus (1-1) struck out two and gave up four hits, as he took the loss.

Sam Massie (Hampton/Hampton) notched the pitching win, working 6.2 innings and striking out 12 batters.  He entered in the fifth inning in relief of starter Mike Brumfield (Toano/Warhill).

Virginia Wesleyan returns to competition on Saturday, April 11, hosting the Maroons of Roanoke College in an Old Dominion Athletic Conference doubleheader beginning at 12 p.m. at Marlins Field.