Rams base­ball wins in walk-off fash­ion over Cougars

McDonough pick up vic­tory over Cougars on er­ror in fi­nal in­ning

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

McDonough’s base­ball team has al­ready had some suc­cess thus far in 2016 with walk-offs when trail­ing or be­ing tied in the bot­tom of the fi­nal in­ning.

Wed­nes­day ver­sus vis­it­ing Thomas Stone, the Rams found them­selves in a fa­mil­iar po­si­tion.

With the game knot­ted at 4 with bases loaded and two outs, McDonough’s Damien Price hit a in­field grounder to Stone sec­ond base­man Lee Fos­ter.

Fos­ter bob­bled the ball while gath­er­ing it in his glove and tried to flip it over to sec­ond for the force out, but Trevor Drum­mond was called safe on the tag.

Third base­man David Lar­son then came to home plate from third as the Rams edged the Cougars with the 5-4 vic­tory in their South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion opener.

“I just wanted to put the ball in play and not do any­thing spe­cial or hit it over the fence and good things hap­pen,” said Price, a trans­fer from Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence pri­vate school McNa­mara of Prince Ge­orge’s County. “Stone had a cou­ple

good hits on high fast­balls. Other than that, we just have to make plays in the field to back up our pitch­ers. I think once we start mak­ing some plays de­fen­sively and hit­ting the ball con­sis­tent we can be real good this year.”

McDonough (5-3, 1-0 Po­tomac), which fell 7-3 at Great Mills on Mon­day, are a per­fect 3 for 3 on the sea­son in walk-offs, de­feat­ing vis­it­ing Hunt­ing­town 2-1 in nine in­nings on March 29 and Patux­ent 8-7 last Fri­day. The Rams are sched­uled to visit county foe North Point at 4:30 p.m. to­day

“Stone has got­ten bet­ter since last year and Ed [Gleaser] is a good coach and they are go­ing to beat some good teams,” said McDonough head coach Mike Ly­don, re­fer­ring to the Stone head coach. “They should’ve beat us. We didn’t hit well, we only had five hits. The game could have went ei­ther way. We had op­por­tu­ni­ties and are strug­gling of­fen­sively right now, but we pulled it out again on a walk-off. A win’s a win.”

Nick Bonac­corsy suf­fered the loss on the mound for Stone (15, 0-1), which used four dif­fer­ent pitch­ers in the game, al­low­ing two hits with one walk while pitch­ing parts of the sixth and sev­enth.

McDonough’s Ken­drick Musser earned the win af­ter pitch-

ing a score­less sev­enth, yield­ing just one hit.

Price was the starter on the mound for the Rams, pitch­ing six in­nings with struck six strike­outs, al­low­ing just four hits and three walks and he hit a bat­ter with a pitch.

The game was tied at 3 in the top of the sixth when Ju­lian Wil­liams gave Stone the 4-3 lead on a two-out RBI sin­gle to left field, scor­ing cour­tesy run­ner David Steck­roth.

“Our prob­lem is that when we break down de­fen­sively we just don’t have the pitch­ing staff that can get the outs con­sis­tency. We are pitch­ing by com­mit­tee,” Glaeser said. His team, which is sched­uled to host West­lake at

4:30 p.m. to­day, com­mit­ted four er­rors as did the Rams. “Over­all, we played well to­day and we are get­ting bet­ter as a team. It is dif­fi­cult. Right now we are hav­ing a tough time throw­ing and catch­ing the ball. On that last play, Lee had it and fum­bled it, but it hap­pens. We did the best we can.”

Trail­ing 3-0 af­ter three in­nings, the Cougars scored their first run of the game in the top of the fourth as Bonac­corsy, who led off the frame with a sin­gle, came to home plate on an RBI ground­out by cen­ter fielder Nolan Wil­liams.

The Cougars weren’t done as catcher Rudy Car­rico hit a one­out, two-run dou­ble to tie the game at 3.

The game was score­less un­til the bot­tom of the third when sopho­more catcher Lane My­ers banged out a three-run home run on a 3-ball, 1-strike count off of Cougars starter Zach War­man to spark McDonough to a 3-0 lead.

“Our team was kind of mop­ing in the dugout, so I felt like that hit re­ally mo­ti­vated us to do bet­ter,” My­ers said. “We just need to jump on teams early. We start off dry in the be­gin­ning and when it comes down to the sev­enth in­ning that’s when we come alive. We need to start do­ing that in the first in­ning, so we can get those runs early and don’t have to worry about hit­ting a walk-off and be­ing in those sit­u­a­tions.”


McDonough sopho­more catcher Lane My­ers de­liv­ered a two-out, three-run home run in the bot­tom of the third in­ning in Wed­nes­day’s 5-4 walk-off vic­tory over vis­it­ing Thomas Stone in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion base­ball con­test.

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