Colby baseball earns shutout of rival Thomas

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 27, 2010
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Dominick Morrill

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Five Colby College pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout and Nikolas Atsalis (West Hyannis Port, Mass.) went 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI as the Mules took a 5-0 non-conference win over local rival Thomas College on Tuesday at wet Coombs Field.

A slow drizzle fell on the teams for most of the game, but the game did go the full nine innings. Colby moves to 12-15 overall, while Thomas falls to 13-22. The two teams will meet again Wednesday at Thomas at 4 p.m.

Dominick Morrill (South Thomaston, Maine), Mark Collins (Sudbury, Mass.), Mark Nelson (Walpole, Mass.), Charles Davis (North Hampton, N.H.), and Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.) combined on the shutout for the Mules.

Atsalis improved his team-best batting average to .459 after smacking a double, two singles, and placing down a sacrifice bunt.

Colby scored what ended up being the game-winning run in the second inning. Mike Mastrocola (Southbury, Conn.) was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a single by John LaMantia (Gates Mills, Ohio), Atsalis had his sacrifice bunt to move the runners up a base, and Jake Kramer (Medfield, Mass.) picked up the RBI on a fielder's choice.

The Mules added two more runs in the fourth inning, with Atsalis and Kramer scoring the runs. Atsalis scored on a Thomas error, while Kramer came in on a sacrifice fly by Will Greenberg (Rye Brook, N.Y.). Greenberg was hit by a pitch, had the sacrifice fly to bring in a run, added a sacrifice bunt, and walked once in the leadoff spot.

Atsalis once again was in on the score in the fifth inning for Colby. LaMantia got on by a Thomas error and Atsalis followed with a two-out RBI double.

LaMantia, who went 2-for-4 and scored a run, ripped an RBI double to bring in Brendan Gallagher (Dublin, N.H.) with the final run in the seventh inning.

Robb Arndt (Yarmouth, Maine) was on a base all four times for the Mules. He had two singles, reached on an error, and was hit by a pitch.

Tom Desjardins (Fort Kent, Maine) had a double and a walk for the Terriers. Danny Burke added a single and also reached on a Colby error.

Colby 5, Thomas 0

Thomas                000#000#000---0#5#4

Colby                     010#210#10x---5#8#4

                Chris Farrar (L, 2-2), Bejay Perkins (3), Jacob Chamblee (6), Cory Estes (8) and John Charves; Dominick Morrill (W, 2-4), Mark Collins (4), Mark Nelson (6), Charles Davis (8), Wil Hartigan (9) and Brendan Gallagher, John Schroeder (8). 2B: Tom Desjardins (T), Nikolas Atsalis (Col), John LaMantia (Col).


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