St. Michaels heating up, sweeps the Vikings
St. Michaels 20 Cambridge-SD 3 CAMBRIDGE — Brian Femi has a healthy respect for the Cambridge-South Dorchester High baseball team his squad visited Tuesday.
“They’re a very good ball team,” said Femi, St. Michaels’ head coach for more than a quarter-century. “Their one-throughfive hitters are the best in the Bayside, and they’ve got pitching. They’ve been together, some of them for four years, and I’ve seen them all four. I know how good they all are.”
“When they get it all together, they’re going to be very dangerous,” Femi added.
Unfortunately for Vikings, Tuesday was that day.
The Saints scored in all but one inning during a 20-3 victory to improve to 8-1 overall, 3-0 North Bayside. Cambridge-SD fell to 4-8, 1-3. The victory completed a two-game, regularseason sweep, and marked the not the second time this season St. Michaels has won four games in a row.
St. Michaels got on the board just two pitches into play. C-SD starter Tyler Harding (2-3) hit leadoff man Tucker Heinlein with the first pitch, and Seth Parks followed with an RBI triple into the right field corner on the next one, to make it 1-0.
Parks scored on Nathan Howeth’s ground out to short. C.J. Chansler doubled five pitches later, and courtesy runner, Devin Lednum, scored to make it 3-0 on Matt Grogan’s sacrifice fly to center field.
The Vikings got one back in the bottom of the first against Saints lefty starter Devin Stanford (4-0). Harding led off with a single up the middle, scoring four batters later on an Evan Fishpaw fielder’s choice to short.
The Saints added two in the top of the second and four in the third. The game became a potential routrule affair in the top of the fourth, three Saint runs making it 12-1.
“We’re just not doing it right now,” Vikings head coach Chad Wolfe said. “We’re not hitting. We’re not pitching well. We’re not catching the ball . ... We haven’t hit, one-throughnine, like we’re capable of.
“We’re not getting good sticks on the ball, we’re putting ourselves in bad hitting counts,” Wolfe said. “We’re just not executing when it matters in the game.”
C-SD showed some life in the bottom of the fourth. Bradley Stanton came up with two outs and the bases loaded against Stanford, and laced a 2-1 pitch into