Seahawks erupt for 19 runs in blowout win over Owls
— The Cecil College baseball team jumped out to a seemingly insurmountable lead in the first inning of Tuesday’s meeting with visiting Prince George’s Community College.
The Seahawks then saw their 12-run lead cut to three, before pulling away yet again for a 19-11 Maryland-JUCO win.
The entire Cecil lineup batted twice in the bottom of the first inning, recording eight hits and a pair of home runs in the inning alone. Catcher Nick Roepken smacked a three-run homer that drove in Julian Lopez and Joseph Zirolli. Two batters later, Tovine Potts hit a two-run shot that also scored Richard Allen III.
“I think we just tried to stay in the middle of the field and everybody was seeing the ball well,” Seahawks coach Charlie O’Brien said. “Everyone was hitting it hard and everything just fell into place. We sent 18 guys to the plate.”
The Owls scored three runs in the top of the second inning, then six more in the third to cut Cecil’s massive 12-run lead down to 12-9.
Starting pitcher Sam Deardorf was pulled following the third inning.
“That’s the problem when you back off and try not to run anything up. They chipped away and we didn’t throw strikes,” O’Brien said. “On Sam’s part, he had to wait a half-hour to come back out. That’s tough on a pitcher. It’s great to have the runs, but sometimes it’s too long.”
Sophomore Jonathan Eldreth (Perryville) hit a solo home run in the bottom of the inning to bring the score to 13-9.
Freshman Christian Henderson pitched the next four innings for the Seahawks (10-10 overall, 8-3 conference), allowinga single
run and striking out four batters between the fourth and seventh frames.
“Christian did a great job,” O’Brien said. “He came in there and stopped the bleeding and kept us in there the whole game until we scored a few more runs. He’s been doing a good job for us the whole year.”
Zirolli reached home on a PGCC error in the bottom of the fifth for Cecil’s lone run of the inning.
It scored five more in the sixth to pull away for good. Potts hit a two-run double to deep center field that drove in Zirolli and Allen. Robert Williams (North East) scored on a single by Ro- epken and Taggart Hess reached home on a wild pitch.
“I think they just saw the score creeping back up and kind of woke the heck up and started getting better at bats instead of trying to swing for the fences,” O’Brien said. “I think that’s what happened in the middle innings: We tried to kill everything in- stead of putting a good swing on it. So, we got back to it and started hitting again.”
Freshman DJ Sheckells (Perryville) threw a one-run eighth inning and Zirolli pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.
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Cecil College shortstop Tovine Potts tags out a baserunner during the Seahawks’ 19-11 win over visiting Prince George’s Community College on Tuesday.