MONTICELLO — Northeast came within two innings of a baseball sweep Wednesday but had to settle for a split when Monticello rallied with a three-run sixth inning in the second game of a doubleheader.
In the makeup of a doubleheader that was rained out Monday, Northeast won the first game of the River Valley Conference doubleheader 17-8 but lost the second game 3-1. The split left the Rebels at 11-4, 7-4 in conference play, while Monticello has a 12-4 record.
“It was great to see the kids come out with the same intensity they had before the rain delay on Monday,” Northeast coach Tyler Howe said. “With three starters gone on a Spanish trip to Spain, we had some new bats in the lineup, and they did a great job.”
Charlie Marcucci was 3-for-3 in the leadoff spot, with two doubles, three walks and five runs scored.
“Charlie got on base six times, and anytime that happens, it puts us in a great position to win ballgames,” Howe said.
The two batters behind Marcucci certainly benefited from having men on base. Tevin Stoecker was 2-for-4 with four runs batted in from the No. 2 spot, and Ketzalli Dondiego was 3-for-5 with four RBIs from the three hole.
Lower in the order, Trey Sullivan went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, while Zach Parson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and three runs.
Northeast led for good after scoring three in the first inning in the opener.
Marcucci walked, Dondiego hit a one-out single that sent Marcucci to third base and Matt Haferbier delivered an RBI single. Dondiego and Haferbier scored later in the inning on Sullivan’s two-out single.
Monticello cut the Rebels’ lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the first, but Northeast came right back with a three-run second that included Stoecker’s two-run single.