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ju­nior Zach McDonough fol­lowed with an­other sin­gle that chased Plagge.

“He was mak­ing his first var­sity start and he was a lit­tle ner­vous,” said Leonard­town sec­ond-year head coach Chris Schoen­bauer. “He was hav­ing a lit­tle trou­ble with his com­mand and any­thing he was throw­ing for strikes they were hit­ting. I brought in Kenny [Rick­ett] and he did a great job. He ba­si­cally saved the game for us.”

Plagge had yielded four runs in only one-third of an in­ning, but Rick­ett pre­vented fur­ther dam­age. He would even­tu­ally yield two runs, one earned, in 3 1/3 in­nings of relief and was never in line for a de­ci­sion or a save. But while his ef­fort could not be specif­i­cally cat­e­go­rized, Rick­ett’s ap­pear­ance proved to be the turn­ing point in the con­test.

“I just came in [with one out] and tried to get the last two outs,” Rick­ett said. “I just came in and pounded the strike zone. I just mainly stayed with my fast­ball.”

Leonard­town scored three un­earned runs in the top of the fourth and two more in the fifth to draw even at 6. The Raiders claimed their first lead of the game in the sixth when Nick Burch led off with a triple against South­ern Mary­land fresh­man left-handed re­liever Andrew Sowin­ski and he scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Con­nor Cox.

The Mus­tangs im­me­di­ately an­swered when Day­ton Cor­rick dou­bled, took third on a wild pitch and then scored on a ground­out

by Rosier against Raiders re­liever Dy­lan Cald­well. But Cald­well im­me­di­ately atoned in the sev­enth with a lead­off sin­gle, took sec­ond on a sac­ri­fice bunt by Spencer Crispell then scored on a two-out sin­gle by Anthony Martinez.

Leonard­town added an in­surance run on an er­ror by McDonough in left that en­abled Martinez to score. Cald­well al­ways seemed to be in the right place at the right time on Satur­day. He reached four times — a walk, a hit and two er­rors — and scored four runs. He also pitched the last two in­nings to earn the win and he is ex­pected to start today at home against McDonough, a home con­test at 4:30 p.m.

“We just kept putting the hits to­gether and we kept scor­ing,” Cald­well said. “A lot of us hit the ball well today. It was a good way to fin­ish out the week. I think we have some pretty high goals for this team. We want to win our divi­sion, win SMAC and win states. That’s a long way away, but that’s what our goals are.”

In the open­ing game of the tour­na­ment on Satur­day morn­ing, Leonard­town jumped on St.

Charles by scor­ing six runs in the bot­tom of the first en route to the five-in­ning win.

“I know it was tough for the guys to play a 9 a.m. game on their spring break,” Schoen­bauer said. “They came out swing­ing the bats and we jumped on them right away.”

In the sec­ond game, South­ern Mary­land got four shutout in­nings from starter Evan Buchanan and three more from Matthew Sowin­ski as it blanked St. Charles. The Mus­tangs never scored more than two runs in any one in­ning, but it main­tained the pres­sure right from the out­set.

“It was a good win for us,” Cor­rick said of the opener. “We’re young, but we have a good team. We’ve only had one [Old Line] league game so far, but there’s some good teams in our league and play­ing against teams with older play­ers like St. Charles and Leonard­town help us get ready for those games.”

South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian is sched­uled to host Wilde Lake of Howard County, while St. Charles is slated to be at Calvert. Both con­tests are sched­uled for 4:30 p.m.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

South­ern Mary­land Chris­tian Academy head base­ball coach Greg Cor­rick hud­dles with Corey Rosier, left, and Austin Simms, right, in the first in­ning against Leonard­town on Satur­day. The Mus­tangs gained a 4-0 lead early, but the Raiders ral­lied for a 9-7 vic­tory.

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