Mustangs split at Leonardtown
SMCA baseball edged by Raiders, beat St. Charles
After spotting Southern Maryland Christian Academy four runs in the first inning, the Leonardtown High School baseball team rallied for a 9-7 victory as the visiting team in the finale of a tournament that the Raiders were hosting on Saturday.
Leonardtown (4-0 overall) and Southern Maryland Christian (7-3 after a 10-0 win over Maryland Christian of Harford County on Monday) both made quick work of St. Charles in earlier games of the round-robin tournament. The Raiders won the opening game, 14-1 in five innings, while the Mustangs upended the Spartans (0-3), 9-0. At the outset of the tournament finale, Southern Maryland gained the upper hand early.
Southern Maryland junior starting pitcher John Todd, who transferred to the school after spending his first two years at Huntingtown, fanned a pair of Raiders in the top of the first, then the Mustangs responded with four runs on six hits in the home half of the frame against Leonardtown pitcher Stewart Plagge, who was promoted from the junior varsity team for the tournament.
“I was glad to see the guys come out with some energy,” Southern Maryland head coach Greg Corrick said. “We did not play with a lot of energy the first game, but we were really ready for the second game. We have a lot of underclassmen on this team. We started four freshmen and four sophomores today and we had a junior starting pitcher, but to battle that team the way we did was very encouraging.”
Southern Maryland sophomore Corey Rosier greeted Plagge with a first-pitch double and freshman Austin Simms followed with another double on the second pitch. Todd then drove in a run with a sharp single to center field and sophomore Josh Heigh delivered another run-scoring single, then
Southern Maryland Christian Academy pitcher John Todd fanned six batters in four innings but did not figure in the decision as the Raiders rallied to beat the Mustangs, 9-7, on Saturday in Leonardtown’s Easter holiday tournament.