Schreiner University's baseball team got the best of both worlds on Sunday afternoon — timely pitching and great hitting.
The Mountaineers pounded out 17 hits and got seven strong innings from pitcher Apollo Cassimatis threw seven strong innings in a 14-5 romp over visiting Stevenson University of Maryland.
Cassimatis struck out eight, allowed two earned runs and seven hits in seven innings of work. The offense backed Cassimatis by pounding six Stevenson pitchers.
After giving up two runs in the top of the first — both off a wild pitch that hit the umpire in the face and careened deep behind home plate.
Seth Joseph got the Mountaineers started in the first inning with a bunt that led to a spectacular collision with Stevenson's Will Simmons. Joseph then stole second and later scored on an RBI single by Gerardo Cardoza. Joseph DiCarlo, who had a monstrous offensive game for the Mountaineers, connected on a double to score Cardoza to tie the game at 2-2.
Schreiner's Seth Joseph collides with Stevenson first baseman Will Simmons. Neither player was injured.
Then it was Cassimatis's turn to go to work. The first-year player out of East Plano High School shut out Stevenson over the next four innings, striking out six. Cassimatis is part of a class of first-year players who saw their junior seasons wiped out due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Apollo Cassimastis pitched a strong game for the Mountaineers on Sunday afternoon by striking out eight and allowing two earned runs.
However, Cassimatis showed plenty of promise on the afternoon but had some control issues, including hitting two batters in the sixth inning, leading to a pair of unearned runs.
DiCarlo connected on a triple that scored two runs in the bottom of the third to give the Mountaineers a 4-2 edge. DiCarlo came home when Isaiah Hernandez doubled, boosting the Mountaineers to 5-2.
Schreiner added a run in the sixth, but in the seventh, the offense erupted. With the bases loaded, thanks to an error and two singles, Jet Muniz hit a sacrifice fly to left field that scored Cardoza.
Adam Sanchez added two RBI on a double that scored Isaiah Hernandez and DiCarlo. Tyler Juarez singled to score two more runs but was thrown out at second trying to extend the hit into a double.
The Mountaineers struck again in the eight with three more runs. Stevenson got itself in trouble by loading the bases and then allowing two walks that scored runs for the Mountaineers.
Offensively, DiCarlo finished with four hits and four RBI. Hernandez added three hits and an RBI. Muniz added two RBI.
Earlier Sunday, the Mountaineers completed a 9-8 victory over Stevenson to finish a game that was delayed by darkness on Saturday. With a 2-1 record, the Mountaineers are off until Feb. 22, when they play host to Howard Payne at 1 p.m.