Zwier homers twice, plates 5 runs in Washington rout of McDaniel


CHESTERTOWN — Junior Ryan Zwier homered twice in the nine-run fourth inning Sunday for the Shoremen, who battered their guests from McDaniel, 17-5, in a Centennial Conference baseball game.

Washington completed the series sweep, which included an 11-3 victory at McDaniel on April 2.

Washington is 21-6 overall, 3-3 in the conference.

Zwier, the Shoremen’s designated hitter, drove in five runs with a pair of dingers and scored two runs Sunday.

C.J. Gillmer, twins Max and Ben Ruvo, Luke D’Ostilio and Ryan Colbert also had multiple hits for Washington.

Zwier had a sacrifice fly in the locals’ five-run second inning when they wiped out an early 1-0 deficit. Colbert doubled home the tying run and scored the go-ahead run on Max Ruvo’s single to right field.

Tommy Buckman’s two-run single to left-center extended Washington’s lead to 5-1.

Ben Ruvo (2-for-3) tripled to right field in the bottom of the third to plate brother Max for the locals’ sixth run.

Zwier (2-for-5) led off the fourth with a home run to dead center field and later in the inning clubbed a three-run shot to left. Max Ruvo (2-for-4) and Gillmer (4-for-6) each had two-run singles and D’Ostilio (3-for-3) had an RBI single as the lead swelled to 15-1.

The spread was 16-1 before McDaniel (9-13-1, 1-5 CC) pushed four runs across in the top of the sixth.

Sophomore Alex Bendzlowicz spelled senior starter Billy Benson with one away and the bases loaded in the sixth. Bendzlowicz hit the first batter he faced, Will Strauss, and issued a free pass to pinch hitter Bryden Steele with two away, which is how McDaniel scored two of its runs.

All five McDaniel runs were charged to Benson, who nonetheless picked up the win to improve to 2-0. He struck out two batters, walked two batters and gave up nine hits.

Freshmen Ethan Kile, J.D. Sparks and Colin Brown — all right-handers — each pitched one inning of scoreless relief. Collectively they issued one walk and scattered three hits while facing 12 batters.

The Shoremen outhit their guests, 18-12, and left 11 runners on base.

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