St. Michaels sweeps Ea­gles

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

St. Michaels 8 N. Dorch­ester 3 ST. MICHAELS — North Dorch­ester’s baseball team fell to St. Michaels 8-3 Fri­day, April 29.

The vic­tory puts the Saints in po­si­tion to win the North Bay­side and the top seed in the Class 1A East Re­gion if they beat Colonel Richard­son Satur­day.

“Games like this, some­times, kids can have a ten­dency to look be­yond,” Saints coach Brian Femi said. “So it’s good to see them come out here and get this one, to get this win.”

St. Michaels im­proved to 12-1 over­all, 6-0 North Bay­side, also pick­ing up a home­and-away sweep of North Dorch­ester with the win; the Ea­gles are now 0-14, 0-6.

Al­bie Urbina went four in­nings for the win, while Bren­nan Shin­ski pitched the fi­nal three to pick up the save. Mike Nos­sick took the loss for ND.

The Saints used three straight sin­gles by An­drew Risher, Noah Brack, and Matt Gro­gan to power a three-run sec­ond. A Devin Stan­ford ground ball scored Risher, a passed ball brought Brack home, and Trent Saun­ders plated Gro­gan with a sac­ri­fice fly to left.

The Ea­gles an­swered with a run in the top of the third. Jerome Thomas walked with one out, and two bat­ters later, so did An­drew Jack­son. Tan­ner War­rell fol­lowed with a sin­gle to left field that scored Thomas to make it 3-1. Urbina struck the next bat­ter out, though, to squelch the rally.

The Saints re­sponded in their turn with three in the bot­tom of that in­ning.

A pitch hit Seth Parks to start it off, and he stole sec­ond. Nathan Howeth blooped a dou­ble into right field to score Parks, and C. J. Chansler dou­bled as well, scor­ing Howeth to put the

home team ahead 5-1. Cour­tesy run­ner Devin Led­num scored mo­ments later on a ground ball to sec­ond by Brack.

Pey­ton Lieske, who dou­bled to start the Ea­gle fourth, stole home three bat­ters later on a de­layed-steal play, mak­ing it 6-2.

“We didn’t quit, I’ll give the kids that,” Ea­gles coach Steve Lieske said. “They’re still com­ing out and they’re still try­ing. Some teams you might not be able to say that about.”

“North Dorch­ester is a much im­proved team over where they were at the be­gin­ning of the year,” Femi said. “They’ve got­ten a lot bet­ter.”

Stan­ford sin­gled, even­tu­ally scor­ing on a passed ball in the bot­tom of the fourth to make it 7-2

Tyler Wind­sor of the Ea­gles sin­gled to be­gin the sixth in­ning; he, too, would even­tu­ally steal home, cut­ting the deficit to 7-3.

Gro­gan, hit by a pitch in the bot­tom of the sixth, scored the game’s fi­nal tally on a Tucker Hein­lein sin­gle.

Urbina struck out two in the win; Shin­ski fanned six.

PHOTO BY DUSTIN HOLT

North Dorch­ester’s A.J. Wil­ley drives a pitch to the right side against St. Michaels Fri­day, April 29.

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