RANDOLPH — Carter Pelzel and Owen Kellington earned victories on the mound Saturday, helping U-32 sweep Randolph in a baseball doubleheader.
The Raiders won the opener during a 16-9 slugfest before earning a 5-0 victory during the second game. U-32’s Ryder Hoffman pitched the first four innings before Owen Guthrie and Pelzel combined efforts in relief during the first game. Pelzel had two doubles and four RBIs offensively, while Kellington went 2-for-3 with a double. Fritz Hauser and Zach Whitmore belted home runs for Randolph, but U-32 scored six runs in the seventh inning to lock up the final outcome.
“We came back in the sixth inning and made it close and then they just killed us in the seventh,” Randolph coach Gary Curley said. “We played a little sloppy and we had three walks in the seventh.”
Two freshmen and a sophomore pitched for Randolph in the first game. It marked the fourth time this season that U-32 (5-2) produced a double-digit scoring total.
“It was 9-5 going into the sixth and they tied the game up and had a lot of momentum,” U-32 coach Geoff Green said. “But it was really good to see our guys come back and respond in the top of the seventh and put up a big inning and take the wind out of them going into the last half of the seventh.”
Kellington threw a one-hitter to make the second game fly by much faster than the first. Randolph’s Adam Norton hit a single down the first-base line in the opening frame, but that wound up being the most offense his team could muster. Kellington recoded 18 strikeouts and issued zero walks.
“(Kellington) pitched an outstanding game,” Curley said. “He has a good fastball and locates it well. And he mixes in a nasty curve. He had really good stuff.”
Eli Oliver scored three times for the Raiders, while Owen Guthrie and Kellington also scored. Pelzel connected for a two-out double in the first inning and Connor DeRosia added a one-run single, setting the tone for the rest of the game.
“It’s tough to beat a team twice in the same day,” Green said. “But we felt pretty good coming off the win in the first game, and we were able carry the energy over.”
The Ghosts (5-5) will host Harwood at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Raiders will face Montpelier the same day at Recreation Field. U-32 will attempt to clam payback after suffering a 14-8 loss to the Solons during the second game of the season.
“I feel like we just started the season two weeks ago and now we are only two weeks away from the playoffs, so it goes pretty fast,” Green said. “I think we are feeling pretty good. We are trying a lot of things and we are figuring out what works and what doesn’t work. But I think we’ve got some good things going right now. We have identified who our pitchers are going to be and who our hitters are going to be. And it is good to see we have a lot of versatility as well. The guys are staying positive, they are working hard in practice and it’s really starting to show in games. We dropped one (against Montpelier) early in the season that was kind of a bummer. But I think we have done a good job of shaking that off and have taken a bunch of steps in the right direction.”