CIC Tournament First Round: West 4, Bartlett 1

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | May 23, 2023

Making his first playoff start, sophomore Paul Dittrich dialed it in after a rocky start and threw scoreless frames in four of his five innings as the Eagles won the CIC Tournament first round game at Mulcahy Stadium.

Dittrich allowed two hits and an unearned run in the first inning before shutting down the Bears as he faced only one above the minimum over the second, third, fourth and fifth innings.

He got a little help from his friends. Third baseman Jude Doniere turned an unassisted double play in the third inning, catcher Evan Fitzgerald threw out a baserunner and right fielder Sam Zieserl made a shoestring catch.

Dittrich entered the game, having thrown 7.1 innings in four appearances. The right-hander went five innings today, striking out two of the final three batters he faced.

Dittrich also knocked in a run with a sac fly in the fourth inning that made it 3-1.

Bartlett took an early 1-0 lead after plating an unearned run in the first inning and looked for more, but left the bases loaded. The Golden Bears stranded only one base runner the final six innings, with Fitzgerald working the final two innings to earn the save.

The Eagles (7-9) tied the game in the third inning on Zieserl's sac fly and took a 2-1 lead when Cyrus Clendaniel (3-for-3) singled and scored on a throwing error. Fitzgerald's RBI single made it 4-1 in the sixth.

Bartlett's Carl Colavecchio went 2-for-3 and showed off his cannon of a left arm when he nearly threw out West's speedy outfielder Chad Stolp at home on a flyout to centerfield. Stolp doubles as a track star, so nearly every other player in the league is probably out at the plate.

Wyatt Rust also went 2-for-3 and Levi Patterson singled and scored his team's lone run. Patterson scattered eight hits over his five innings and tied the tournament record with a three-pitch second inning before giving way to Nick Brandal for the final frame.

The game featured zero walks and zero batters hit by pitch.

Sixth-seeded West advanced to the tournament’s second round and will face third-seeded Service (13-3) on Wednesday night.