Sea­hawks erupt for 19 runs in blowout win over Owls

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GRO­GAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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 WHIG PHOTO BY SEAN GRO­GAN

Ce­cil Col­lege short­stop Tovine Potts tags out a baserun­ner dur­ing the Sea­hawks’ 19-11 win over vis­it­ing Prince Ge­orge’s Com­mu­nity Col­lege on Tues­day.

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