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