Colonels get hot late, top Vik­ings

Dorchester Star - - Sports - By DAVID INSLEY dins­ley@star­

Col. Richard­son 12 Cam­bridge-SD 6 AMER­I­CAN COR­NER — Colonel Richard­son High’s Shawne Bowens knew it was go­ing to hurt. Bowens also knew there was a po­ten­tial pos­i­tive as he tried to avoid get­ting hit by a fifth-in­ning pitch Mon­day.

“Took it right here, off my tri­cep, “the se­nior out­fielder said of his sec­ond at-bat against Cam­bridgeSouth Dorch­ester. “Once I got on, I knew I had to find my way around and score.”

With his team trail­ing 5-3, one out and no­body on base in the bot­tom of the fifth, Bowens’s pain be­came the spark that ig­nited Colonel’s of­fense.

The de­fend­ing Bay­side Con­fer­ence and Class 1A East cham­pi­ons caught fire af­ter that, scor­ing four runs in the fifth be­fore add-

ing five in the sixth for a 12-6 win.

The Colonels im­proved to 12-0 over­all, 4-0 North Bay­side. Ef­fec­tive this year in Bay­side base­ball, only the sec­ond game sched­uled be­tween teams (if they play twice) counts to­ward di­vi­sional stand­ings. While Colonel’s ear­lier wins against C-SD, North Dorch­ester, Kent County, St. Michaels and Queen Anne’s count for state play­off seed­ing, they didn’t fac­tor into the divi­sion stand­ings.

“So re­ally, the divi­sion’s still al­most any­one’s,” Colonel head coach Dan Mangum said. “Com­ing in, we’re 11-0, 3-0.”

Colonel fresh­man Jami­son Covey picked up the win, go­ing 5 2-3 in­nings and al­low­ing two earned runs on six hits. He struck out two, and at 5-0 be­came the state leader in pub­lic Class 1A and 2A schools, ac­cord­ing to maxpreps. com.

“Jami­son did a good job of mix­ing pitches, and he did a good job of keep­ing pitches down, es­pe­cially against the top of their lineup,” Mangum said. “He throws strikes, and the de­fense, ex­cept for the one bad in­ning, re­ally, did well be­hind him.”

Covey be­gan the game by re­tir­ing the Vik­ings 1-2-3 on in­field grounders. Cam­bridge-SD’s top four bat­ters — Tyler Hard­ing, Nate Lowe, Michael Richard­son and Matt El­liott — went a col­lec­tive 1 for 15, reach­ing once on an er­ror, walk­ing once, and scor­ing two times. El­liott’s lead­off sin­gle in the sec­ond in­ning was the only hit.

“We’re ca­pa­ble of hit­ting one through nine, all the way up and down the lineup,” C-SD head coach Chad Wolfe said. “Have we shown it yet this year? No. That’s the thing. We’re ca­pa­ble of it, but it just hasn’t hap­pened.

“I think the guys in the bot­tom of the lineup made some good swings,” Wolfe said. “Re­ally, al­most every­body did. But we hit a lot of balls that were right at some­body.”

Colonel scored two in the bot­tom of the first. Jaret Ben­nett sin­gled with one out, made sec­ond on a balk, and scored on Dy­lan Nepert’s sin­gle. Dy­lan Nepert’s cour­tesy run­ner, Zach Bee, scored five pitches later, when Gar­rett Nepert sin­gled to left field.

C-SD’s re­ply in the sec­ond made it 2-1. El­liott’s base hit was fol­lowed by Evan Fish­paw’s sin­gle up the mid­dle. Devin Sparks flew out to cen­ter field, mov­ing up both run­ners, and Bran­don Tibbs sin­gled to score El­liott and put men at the cor­ners.

Covey got out of the jam, though, when Josh Townsend drove a hard grounder to short­stop Ja­cob Hicks, who turned it into an in­ning-end­ing 6-4-3 dou­ble play.

Jake Ze­bron hit a homer on a 1-2 pitch by C-SD starter Matthew King (0-1) in the bot­tom of the third, mak­ing it 3-1. But the Vik­ings replied in a big way against Covey in the top of the fourth.

Michael Richard­son led off by reach­ing an a bad throw from Hicks at short. One out later, Covey hit Fish­paw with a 3-2 pitch. Sparks fol­lowed with a base hit to left-cen­ter that loaded the bases. Tibbs hit a chop­per to short that Hicks bob­bled, al­low­ing Richard­son to score to make it 3-2.

Townsend fol­lowed with a sin­gle to right, scor­ing Fish­paw and Sparks, and push­ing Tibbs to third. But the cut­off to Colonel first base­man Ben­nett caught Townsend too far off the bag. The 9-3-4 putout, as Ben­nett flipped to Gar­rett Nepert, was the sec­ond out.

C-SD wasn’t done. Tibbs scored on a ball hit to Hicks which took an im­prob­a­bly high hop, skip­ping off the top of his glove to make it 5-3 and put Lan­den Warfield on first.

Covey stopped the bleed­ing there, though, get­ting Hard­ing to ground out to third and end the rally.

The Colonels couldn’t re­spond in their half of the fourth, a lead­off Gar­rett Nepert sin­gle erased in a dou­ble play one pitch later. But their fifth in­ning turned the tide.

Af­ter Remy Mangum’s ground out to sec­ond be­gan the in­ning, nine-hole hit­ter Bowens came up.

“I didn’t see a lot of dif­fer­ent stuff,” Bowens said. “I just saw a lot of fast­balls — plus the one that hit me.”

Hicks slapped a base hit to left field. Ben­nett fol­lowed with a bloop to right that loaded the bases.

With the in­field in, Ze­bron came up next. A passed ball scored Bowens to make it 5-4, and moved the run­ners up a base.

Ze­bron chopped one to sec­ond base­man Hard­ing, whose throw home could get the speedy Hicks, who tied the game 5-all.

Dy­lan Nepert (3 for 4, four RBIs), drove in Ben­nett and Ze­bron with a sin­gle to right field, putting Colonel ahead 7-5.

In the top of the sixth, Tibbs reached on a fielder’s choice for the sec­ond out, and scored on Townsend’s dou­ble to left. Ze­bron re­lieved and struck out Warfield to end the sixth.

Colonel iced it with five in the bot­tom of the sixth against two re­liev­ers; Bowens, Ben­nett, Ze­bron, and Dy­lan Nepert each drove in one run, one more com­ing on a C-SD throw­ing er­ror.

Hard­ing reached on an er­ror in the seventh for C-SD but was stranded there when Ze­bron re­tired the next three hit­ters.

Kent County 11 Queen Anne’s 4

WOR­TON — Ben Man­ley im­proved to 3-1 with the mound win, and Cody Usil­ton picked up the save, as the Tro­jans im­proved to 5-4, 4-0.

Kent County sopho­more Tyson John­son home­red on the first pitch he saw, lead­ing off the bot­tom of the first.

The Lions fell to 5-4, 2-1 with the loss.

St. Michaels 8 Eas­ton 1

ST. MICHAELS — Seth Parks went 3 for 4 with a pair of dou­bles, three RBIs and two runs scored to pace the Saints.

Matt Gro­gan hurled a com­plete-game three-hit­ter, strik­ing out nine and walk­ing two.

Devin Stan­ford went 2 for 2 with a dou­ble and two runs scored for the Saints. Nathan Howeth added a two-run sin­gle to high­light St. Michaels’ five-run sixth.

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