CLAYMONT – Archmere took a 3-3 tie into the seventh inning against undefeated Conrad on April 18, but the veteran Red Wolves pushed across two runs in the final frame to escape with a 5-3 win in Diamond State Athletic Conference action.
Conrad’s Kyle Maxwell walked to open the seventh, and a wild pitch and stolen base moved him to third. Teammate Kyle Walker laid down a suicide squeeze bunt, bringing Maxwell home with the go-ahead run. There was no play at first on the bunt, and Walker had a single. An Auks throwing error allowed Walker to score an insurance run later in the seventh.
Archmere opened the scoring on a Tom Alexander double in the first inning, putting Conrad behind for just the second time all season. (The first was a one-run deficit vs. Tatnall on April 8. That lasted three innings.)
The Red Wolves answered in the top of the second, plating three runs without a hit. Two walks and an error loaded the bases with two outs, and the Auks had a path to get out of the inning unscathed. But a tricky ground ball by Maxwell zipped through the third baseman’s legs for an error, bringing two runs home. Brock Nowell was walked intentionally to re-load the bases, and Walker earned another bases on balls to force in a third run.
Archmere trimmed one run off the Conrad lead in the third when Liam Delaney scored on a groundout. The hosts tied it their next time at bat, this time on an unearned run. Max Gioffre reached on an error, and, after reaching third with two outs, scored on another Red Wolves miscue.
The Auks threatened in the fifth, loading the bases with two outs on a Tighe Watson single and two walks. Dan Matranga then sent a line drive into the hole on the left side, but third baseman Brennan Miller made a diving catch to keep the game tied.
Colin Lynch started and pitched into the seventh for the Auks, who allowed just four hits. Archmere (4-4) plays game two of a six-game homestand on Thursday at noon against Caesar Rodney.
For Conrad, Ryan Bradigan relieved Maxwell in the sixth inning and picked up the win, while Nowell earned the save. The Red Wolves improved to 8-0 heading into Sunday’s showdown with St. Mark’s at 1 p.m. at Wilson Field in New Castle.