The Carthage baseball and softball teams enjoyed a sweep on Sunday.

Carthage’s baseball team, playing in the Tucson Invitational in Arizona, rolled to a 15-5 victory over Cal Tech, while the softball squad opened its 2019 season with two wins in The Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla.

The Red Men, fresh off a 6-2 win over Cal Tech on Saturday, picked up where they left off Sunday with a six-run first inning, followed by a single tally in the second.

Carthage (2-0) blew things open with two runs in each of the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth innings to cruise to a 10-run victory.

Collecting first-inning RBI for the Red Men were Vince Schwartz (hit, two runs, RBI), Myles Farley (two hits, two runs, four RBI), Ben Levicki (two hits, two runs scored, RBI), Johnny Belskis (RBI) and Colton Klein (four hits, run, two RBI).

The inning also included a double steal, as Levicki took second, while Farley swiped home.

Farley later belted his first home run of the year, a two-run shot in the sixth inning that also drove in Luke Beckmann.

Ryan Kramer added two hits, three runs scored, three stolen bases and an RBI for Carthage, which finished the game with 15 hits.

“Ryan Kramer is a very dynamic player who can do a little bit of everything,” Carthage coach Augie Schmidt said. “We haven’t had someone with that type of speed in a little while, so we’re trying to be a little aggressive on the base paths.

“He can hit the ball, too, and he’s just a really good athlete. We need him to have a big year for us.”

Earning the win was Kyle Damon, who pitched two innings of relief, and allowed three hits, three earned runs, a walk and struck out two. Starting pitcher Matt Willett worked the first four innings, and allowed four hits, two earned runs, five walks and struck out two.

Ben Rietz closed the game on the mound and fanned four Cal Tech batters and allowed two hits in two innings of work.

“We had some issues with our first two pitchers not throwing enough strikes,” Schmidt said. “But Ben Rietz threw the ball really well and gave us two solid innings. Our starters need to throw more strikes and get ahead of hitters early in the count. We haven’t done that, yet.”

Carthage is back in action today with a doubleheader in Tucson against Wabash at noon and Aurora at 3:30 p.m.

Schmidt is looking for continued improvement from his club.

“It wasn’t the best of days (Sunday),” he said. “But we drove the ball a little bit, and the guys are starting to swing a little better. We made strides today.

“We’re not where we want to be, but we played better today than we did (Saturday). We’re going to have to be a whole lot better (today), because we have a long day with two tough teams. We just have to take the approach that we want to get better every day.”

Softball

Carthage 1, Trine 0

Carthage 6, Wartburg 3

A near school-record effort by Carthage starting pitcher Stefanie Guercio led the Reds to the win over Trine, as she fanned 16 batters, just one shy of the record of 17 set by Krystina Leazer in 2013.

The Reds scored the game’s only run in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Makenzie Miller that drove in pinch runner Danielle Koziczkowski.

Guercio, who allowed just two hits and two walks, struck out the side in the top of the seventh inning to preserve the win for the Reds (2-0).

Carthage had two hits, one each by Alex Millett and Kelsey Domagala.

Against Wartburg, the Reds fell behind, 3-0, in the second inning but rallied for six unanswered runs, including four in the fourth inning to pull out the 6-3 victory.

Koziczkowski got things started in the fourth with a two-run single that scored Courtney Polanski and Veronica Pieters. A Wartburg fielding error chased home Rylee Johnson, followed by a fielder’s choice that scored Koziczkowski.

Carthage scored single tallies in the fifth and sixth innings on doubles by Brooke Sefcik and Domagala that drove in Madison Ganir and Millett.

Bradford graduate Ellie Bernero earned the win, as she pitched the first 41/3 innings, and allowed four hits, three earned runs, two walks and struck out five. Guercio struck out seven and walked one in the final 22/3 innings to pick up the save.

Carthage is back in action today in Florida with a 12:30 p.m. matchup against DeSales University, followed by a 2:45 p.m. tilt with Concordia-Moorhead.

Women’s water polo

Austin 15, Carthage 3

Macalester 11, Carthage 2

The Reds fell to 1-7 overall with a pair of losses in the CWPA West Region Tournament in Springfield, Ohio on Sunday.

Meghan Fisher scored two goals for Carthage, while Maddi Marsh had the other in a 15-3 loss to Austin to open the day.

In an 11-2 loss to Macelester, Marsh had both Carthage goals to run her scoring streak to eight straight games.

Dan Truttschel

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