The Dover Senators baseball squad tasted defeat for the first time this season, falling to Charter on Thursday afternoon 13-3. Dover bounced back on Saturday with a 6-1 win over Appoquinimink to improve to a 2-1 record on the season.

On Thursday afternoon, the Senators ran into a tough Charter School of Wilmington team that jumped on Dover early, scoring 6 runs in the first 3 innings of play.

Heading into the bottom of the 3rd, the Force had a commanding 6-1 lead. Ben PetitdeMange helped keep the Senators in the game knocking in 2 runs and the Senators trailed after 3 innings 6-3.

Charter starting pitcher Corlan Williamson was able to keep the Senators at bay the rest of the way pitching 6 innings allowing only 4 hits to the Dover lineup.

Charter’s offense would put the game out of hand scoring 3 runs in the 6th and another 4 runs in the 7th to secure the 13-3 victory.

The Senators offense could never find a rhythm as Williamson kept them off balance on the mound. Also, the Senator’s 5 errors in the ball game put their pitching staff in a bad position early and they were never able to regroup.

After Thursday’s loss to Charter, the Senators took the diamond needing a strong performance on the mound against Appoquinimink and they got it from Tyler Cullen.

Cullen pitched a complete game, striking out 9, while scattering 7 hits and allowing only one Jaguar to cross the plate.

The Dover offense, however, took a little bit of time to find their rhythm against Appo starter Silvestri who like Cullen also went the distance.  After Appo struck for their first and only run of the game in the top of the 2nd inning the Senators tied things up in the bottom of the 3rd. The game would stay tied until the bottom of the 5th when the Senators were able to drive in another run to take a 2-1 lead heading into the 6th.

After Cullen kept the Jaguars scoreless in the top of the 6th, the Senators would blow the game open with a 4-run bottom half.  Cullen helped his own cause in the inning, driving in a run along with RBI’s by Will Seymore and Ben PetitdeMange.

It was an important bounce back win for Dover who now stands at 2-1 on the season. Look for coverage of the Senators match up with Milford in this week’s Dover Post Weekender edition.  The Senators will travel to Smyrna to take on the Eagles on Thursday before finishing off their week at home on Saturday afternoon against Dickinson.