Vikings pick it up late, top Eagles for second win
Six-run fifth erases deficit, gives C-SD victory over county rival N. Dorchester
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.
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).
Cambridge-South Dorchester’s Bradley Stanton fires a fastball during the third inning of Tuesday’s home game against North Dorchester.