Vik­ings pick it up late, top Ea­gles for sec­ond win

Six-run fifth erases deficit, gives C-SD vic­tory over county ri­val N. Dorch­ester

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­dem.com

Cam­bridge-SD 8 North Dorch­ester 5 CAM­BRIDGE — Tues­day’s base­ball game be­tween North Dorch­ester and Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester High looked like a pitch­ers’ duel af­ter two in­nings.

With four in­nings in the books, it ap­peared the Ea­gles were go­ing to run away with it.

But by the end of the fifth, ev­ery­thing had changed, as C-SD used a six-run rally to erase a four-run deficit en route to an 8-5 vic­tory over its county ri­val.

“We just came out lethar­gic from the get-go,” said Vik­ings rookie head coach Chad Wolfe, his team now 2-0 over­all, 1-0 North Bay­side. “I don’t know if it was a good ex­cuse, hav­ing that four-five days off. But ... I think the guys, sec­ond or third time through the lineup, they were fi­nally able to make ad­just­ments.”

Through the first two in­nings, the teams were a com­bined 0-for-12. Start­ing pitch­ers A.J. Wil­ley for the Ea­gles, and C-SD’s Bradley Stan­ton, had thrown 21 and 22 pitches, re­spec­tively, and each team had stranded one man on sec­ond base.

But in the third, ND (03, 0-1) got on the board in a big way. Eight-hole hit­ter Jerome Thomas led off with a line-drive base hit up the mid­dle. Devin Tyler fol­lowed with a walk. One out later, Andrew Jack­son walked to load the bases. Wil­ley lofted a sac­ri­fice fly to right field, scor­ing Thomas to make it 1-0.

Zach Revel fol­lowed with a two-run dou­ble, and Ja­cob Bialk’s RBI sin­gle put the Ea­gles up 4-0 be­fore Stan­ton got a ground out to end the rally.

“We didn’t make good ad­just­ments early,” Wolfe said. “And Bradley started out pitch­ing well, but some­times, they got ahead in counts on us . ... And get­ting the 8-9 hit­ters up, letting them get on base, that hurt us, when the top of the or­der came up and drove them in, it hurt.”

C-SD got one run back in the bot­tom of the third, when Tyler Hard­ing (three runs) reached on an in­field er­ror and scored on a fly ball by Nathaniel Lowe to right field that went over the out­fielder’s head.

But the Ea­gles re­sponded in the top of the fourth. Thomas walked with one out, stole sec­ond, and scored on a dou­ble by lead­off man Dajuan Malone.

Matthew King (1-0) came on in relief for Cam­bridgeSD.

“I was just look­ing to get some ground balls to get out of the in­nings . ... I had faith in my de­fense,” King said. “And they did great, and then came out and hit, too.”

King in­duced a ground ball to the right side by Jack­son to end the in­ning.

C-SD’s bats were fi­nally roused from their slum­ber in the bot­tom of the fifth. Hard­ing walked with one out, and Lowe beat out an in­field sin­gle. A dou­ble steal put both run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion. A passed ball plated Hard­ing to make it 5-2, and moved Lowe to third base.

Michael Richard­son sin­gled to score Lowe. Wil­ley caught Richard­son too far off first a mo­ment later; as the Vik­ing run­ner broke for sec­ond, Wil­ley (0-1) tossed to Pey­ton Lieske at first. But the re­lay to sec­ond base got away, al­low­ing Richard­son to make it to third.

Matt El­liott (2 for 3, triple) sin­gled, and Devin Sparks was hit by a pitch. A dou­blesteal put men on sec­ond and third. That brought up Ja­cob Ruark.

“I was sit­ting on an out­side fast­ball,” Ruark said. “I was wait­ing for him to throw that. I knew about the curve, but he hadn’t man­aged to get that across for a strike all day, so I kinda knew a fast­ball would come.”

It did, and Ruark went with it, the inside-out shot sail­ing over the head of short­stop Thomas for a sin­gle that scored El­liott and moved Sparks to third.

“I was think­ing, ‘don’t screw up,’” Sparks said with a laugh. “I was think­ing, ‘don’t give up this run on some mis­take.’”

An Ea­gle mis­cue, in­stead, brought him home, in the form of the in­ning’s sec­ond passed ball. It also moved pinch run­ner Lan­den Warfield to sec­ond. He scored mo­ments later on Josh Townsend’s sin­gle to cen­ter off re­liever Tyler Wind­sor.

“Oh, the stress level came down a lot, be­cause of all the en­thu­si­asm of ev­ery­one else, just want­ing to win,” said King, who went 3 1-3 in­nings to pick up the win in relief, al­low­ing one hit and one walk. “It felt re­ally good.”

Sparks agreed the fifth in­ning gave Cam­bridge-SD mo­men­tum.

“I fi­nally felt like it was a change in the mo­ti­va­tion level,” Sparks said. “It felt good. The way we started the game it didn’t look re­ally good. We needed to do that.”

“I told those guys we’re gonna need ‘em to get where

we’re gonna go,” Wolfe said of Stan­ton and King. “They can use this as mo­ti­va­tion to come out throw­ing strikeone . ... The guys work hard in prac­tice, they work hard in their own time. The wind... it was gust­ing, swirling, it made it tough on a lot of guys today. I’m proud of their ef­fort.”

Colonel 9 Kent County 4 AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Jami­son Covey be­came the first North pitcher to go 2-0, pitch­ing his sec­ond com­plete game. The fresh­man struck out four, al­low­ing six hits as Colonel im­proved to 4-0, 2-0.

Jake Ze­bron dou­bled and drove in two runs, and Dy­lan Nepert had two hits and an RBI.

Josh Iseman

(0-1)

took the loss for the Tro­jans (0-3, 0-2). Mardela 4 Po­comoke 3 MARDELA SPRINGS — Drew Owens’s sin­gle scored Dy­lan Smith in the bot­tom of the sev­enth, break­ing a 3-3 tie and im­prov­ing the War­riors to 2-1, 1-0 South.

Noah Ray (1-0), on in relief from the sec­ond in­ning on, picked up the vic­tory.

Caleb Ab­bott (1-1) went the dis­tance for Po­comoke (1-1, 0-1), Jared Han­cock was 2 for 3 and Jor­dan Turner had a two-run sin­gle. Snow Hill 7 Cr­is­field 2 SNOW HILL — Zach Don­away (1-0) earned the for the Ea­gles (2-0, 1-0). Snow Hill’s Zach Adams was 3 for 4 with two dou­bles and two RBIs. Gabe Simp­son sin­gled and drove in a run.

Bruce Em­ley (0-1) took the loss for the Crab­bers (02, 0-1).

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Bradley Stan­ton fires a fast­ball dur­ing the third in­ning of Tues­day’s home game against North Dorch­ester.

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