Mighty Mac cruise before the first conference; go to NCAA – Daily Local

EAST WHITELAND >> A black cloud hung over Immaculata on Friday, but it didn’t apply to the Mighty Macs baseball team.

After a three-hour delay totaling five hours, the Poppies, who stand at home, never lagged behind in the main playoff game of the Atlantic East and won 5-1 over Marymount (Virginia). to win the first championship program in the conference.

According to first-year head coach Josh Kopski, the wait was definitely worth it.

“I’ll take the championship – I don’t care what it takes,” he said a few minutes after his team doused the Gatorade bathroom.

Playing baseball since the 2010 season, Immaculata has taken another strong walk – including starter Ryan Crowell – to boost the overall score by 28-12 and earn a spot in the upcoming NCAA Division III tournament.

“It means peace,” said senior outfielder Frank Margiot. “That’s what you play for – to win the championship.”

Crowell made seven innings, scored seven shots, struck five and went for nothing to win. Teammates Stephen Dibatista and Trevor Wagner have been perfect in relief, sending the last six beats in order.

“It’s a great credit to my pitching coach, Jeff Palion,” Kopski said. “He works with these guys every day to prepare them.”

In the double knockout tournament, the Macs pitchers passed just two runs, and the IU made no mistake in 27 innings in post-season baseball.

“This is the baseball championship,” Margiota said. “It was a team effort with delivery, defense and some timely strikes.”

The wet field delayed the start for three and a half hours, but that didn’t stop the Macs, who spent three runs at the bottom of the first. Junior catcher Josh Crowding and freshman outfielder Ryan Struble struck, and the Saints injured themselves with two errors and two moves.

Two more delays later, IU increased the lead to 5-0 with another pair of runs in the fourth that included RBI’s Margiot shot. The hosts were helped by the termination and another mistake. In all, Marymount (29-15) made six mistakes.

Despite all the starts and stops, Crowell was almost unharmed until he gave up a home run to Jimmy Baker of Saints ’in the seventh inning.

“What Ryan Crowell did today on the embankment was one of the hardest things to do as a pitcher,” Kopski said. “He started the game, then there was a delay, then a throw again, and then another delay. Great credit to Ryan and his confidence. “

The Mac had only five hits, but they were timely. Marjotie took the lead, making the score 2 to 5 with two runs scored.

“Sometimes we had doubts about whether we would win this game, but we tried to stay closed in the group and be ready,” Margiota said.

Immaculata also won the crown of the Atlantic East regular season and will learn about his assignment at the NCAA tournament on Sunday.

“This team has really come together after a long regular season. And we end up hot, ”Marjota said.

“When we took office last fall, the team had tremendous talent and they were ready to work,” added Kopsky, who was previously the head coach of Penn State-Abington.

“From the very beginning, it was clear that they had some restraint. They bought what we were trying to do as a coaching staff, and here we are. ”

Immaculate 5, Marymount 1

Marymount 000 000 1 000 – 1

Immaculate 300 200 00x – 5

2B – M: Dixon. HR – M: Baker.

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