Mus­tangs split at Leonard­town

SMCA base­ball edged by Raiders, beat St. Charles

Maryland Independent - - Sports B - TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

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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

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

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.

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