CITY OF MILL –The Saint Mark baseball team exploded for eight runs in the first inning, and they were never threatened in a five-inning 13-1 win over Hodgson on April 2. The Spartans went unbeaten at 5-0 with the win.
The first 10 batters reached base for the Spartans, although first man James Baffone was forced to second on a fielder’s choice by Garrett Quinn. With two men, Tyler Satterfield won the first run with a left single, and Michael Clarke drilled a double to left center to hit another pair. A pair of walks and an error kept the bases busy, and Hayden Fauerbach and Baffone each hit a two-run double before the end of the inning.
Kyle Reader, who walked and scored in the first, drove in his first inning of the afternoon with a right-hand single in the second. He also finished the day’s scoring for Saint Mark’s in third, homering two runs over the fence into right field.
Spartans starter Jack Burns did his part on the mound. He allowed two singles in four innings and struck out four. He also received help in defense. After the Silver Eagles leadoff batter walked, the Spartans double-played. Todd Gilardi came in to pitch the fifth, allowing Hodgson’s lone run.
Baffone had three hits and two RBIs for Saint-Marc. Satterfield, Clarke and Reader each had two hits, with Satterfield scoring three times and driving a pair. The Spartans (5-0) travel to Middletown to meet Appoquinimink on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Hodgson (2-2) is home Tuesday for a 4 p.m. game with St. Georges.
All photos by Mike Lang.