Colonels get hot late, top Vikings
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.