A secure five-run had vanished in the blink of an eye Saturday afternoon, but adversity has been nothing new to the Charter School of Wilmington baseball team this season.
Junior outfielder Corlan Williamson put the Force back on top with an RBI single in the top of the sixth inning and four more runs came across in the final two innings to help the Force hold off Delaware Military Academy 10-5 and improve to 5-1 on the season.
“We were in a similar situation when we were down five runs to A.I. DuPont [Tuesday],” Force coach Dan Saggione said. “These guys battle every pitch of every game and I’m proud of them.”
“It was important that we step up,” said Williamson, who made the most of his first at bat of the season, clubbing a solid single back up the middle to score catcher Chris New after the Seahawks tied the game at 5 in the fifth inning.
The Force led 5-0 and starting pitcher Mike Cipolla was rolling through 4 innings, but DMA stormed back with a five-run bottom half of the fifth, culminating in a game-tying two-run single by shortstop Jacob Bartlett.
In the next inning, New reached on a two-out single, stole second and advanced to third on a balk by Seahawk pitcher James Brittingham. After a lengthy pitch battle, Williamson brought home New with a single and the Force added four more runs to take an important win.
“It makes my life a lot easier because anybody on our team can hit,” Saggione said.
Williamson agreed, adding that “All 18 of us can hit. We’re pretty solid with hitting, pitching and in the field as well.”
The Force will have the next nine days off before battling Flight A foe Middletown Tuesday April 17 at home. Saggione says a little rest is in order, then it’s back to work.
“These guys deserve a rest, they have been working really hard early this season,” he said. “But it is important that we get back to work soon.”
“We’re going to work hard in practice this week and then we’ll be ready for Middletown,” Williamson said.
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