Lizzi Keys Monarch Baseball in Nonconference Rout
Monarch baseball picked up right where it left on Tuesday afternoon, one day after sweeping Mount St. Vincent College in a doubleheader. This time the victim was Penn State Schuylkill. Keyed by six RBI from sophomore Anthony Lizzi, the Monarchs took the game from the Nittany Lions 23-6 and improve to 12-5 on the season.
This game was added to the Monarchs’ schedule over the weekend after they lost several games early in the season due to poor weather. It gave the team an extra game but also an extra chance to tune up as it preps for a weekend ahead that will see five key games against conference foes.
The Monarchs got the bats going quickly in this one, scoring three runs in the bottom of the first inning. However, the Nittany Lions quickly responded by scoring two in the top of the second inning before tying the game at three in the top of the third. It was all King’s after that.
The Monarchs brought three runners home in the bottom of the inning, keyed by an RBI a piece from Lizzi, and seniors Jared Turner and Tim Marchetti. The Monarchs added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in part to a two-run double by senior standout Chris Sweeney to extend the lead to 10-3.
With the score sitting at 12-5, the Monarchs then put the Nittany Lions away for good in the bottom of the sixth inning, hanging a seven spot on Schuylkill. Lizzi capped the inning with a bases loaded double, knocking in three runs.
Lizzi ended the day 4-for-5 with the six RBI as well as two runs scored. Sweeney continued his torrent of hits, going 5-for-5 on the day with two doubles, a triple, five RBI, and four runs scored. Senior Rob Lemoncelli notched two hits while working out two walks, scoring four runs. Senior Eric Boehm and Marchetti added two hits each.
On the mound, senior Brenton Eades picked up his team-high fourth win of the season. Eades pitched three innings of relief allowing just one run on four hits. Senior Pat Matthews started the game for King’s and went just two innings giving up three earned runs.
Dylan Holland suffered the defeat for Schuylkll. Holland allowed 12 hits and 10 runs, nine of which were earned over four innings of work.
The Monarchs now sit in the midst of a three game winning streak after a tough series against Misericordia. However, the cupcake opponents are over with for now and it’s time for the Monarchs to get back to business against Freedom Conference rivals this weekend. The Monarchs sit at 3-4 in conference play as they enter the weekend. The weekend begins with a nine inning game against Eastern University at Lipo Field on Friday beginning at 3:30 p.m. The Monarchs will then travel to Philadelphia for a doubleheader with the Eagles on Saturday afternoon before returning to Wilkes-Barre and making the trip across the bridge to take on rival Wilkes University in a Sunday afternoon doubleheader. The Wilkes games will be the makeup from the snow out earlier in the season. Five crucial games over the span of three days will have an enormous impact on where the Monarchs will go this season.