The following article was submitted to the Broadneck Patch by Duane Herr, Physical Education and Athletic Assistant at Anne Arundel Community College (AACC).
The Anne Arundel Community College baseball team put together a nice string of wins after closing March on a tough spell. The Pioneers have won six of their last eight including a pair of sweeps in doubleheaders against College of Southern Maryland and Stevenson University JV.
Dating back to early April, the Pioneers (15-23, 6-12 conference) have won the back end of a doubleheader against Garrett and have dropped just two games since that time. The margin of those losses is three runs or less.
In between losses to Cecil College and CCBC Catonsville the Pioneers defeated Prince George’s CC.
Needing to make up ground to better their region tournament chances, AACC baseball set their sights on College of Southern Maryland, their goal – to sweep the Division II Hawks.
In game one of the Saturday doubleheader the score remained 0-0 until AACC plated a run in the sixth to take the 1-0 advantage. Carrying a no-hitter into the seventh and final inning, Jordan Mackean had kept the CSM hitters off balance all day. The Hawks would, however; find some grass for their first hit of the day and two batters later would receive their first RBI to tie the game. In the bottom of the eighth, the Pioneers loaded the bases and outfielder EJ Baldwin came through with a clutch walk off single to seal the 2-1 victory.
After four innings through game two, the Pioneers found themselves down 0-5. They would begin to chip away with a run in the bottom of the fifth. In their half of the sixth AACC exploded for four runs to tie the game at 5-5. In another extra inning effort the Pioneers received a two out ninth inning single by Sam Myers. EJ Baldwin stepped to the plate with the chance to plate the winning run again. With a 0-1 count Baldwin cracked a double to score Myers for the 6-5 victory.
On Sunday, AACC baseball followed up its Saturday effort with a sweep of Stevenson University JV.
In game one, the Pioneers were ahead 7-4 heading into the final frame but Stevenson posted three runs to tie the game. After loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh, the Pioneers received yet another game winning RBI by Baldwin to take game one, 8-7.
Holding Stevenson to just one run in game two, AACC cruised to a 6-1 victory and their second consecutive sweep.
This week consists of two division games for the Pioneers with a Tuesday game at Cecil College (23-13, 10-2 conference) and Thursday home game against CCBC Essex (10-26, 2-14 conference) at 3 p.m.