Hitting becomes contagious for McDonough
Seven-run second propels Rams past North Point
Following Friday’s baseball contest at North Point, McDonough head coach Mike Lydon wasn’t just pleased with his team’s second straight Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division win, but for another good reason.
The Rams were finally able to string together hits consistently, connecting on 11 hits en route to an 11-4 victory over the Eagles.
McDonough (7-3, 3-0 Potomac after a 7-1 win over St. Charles on Monday), which had three batters with at least two hits, exploded for nine runs in the first three innings, including seven in the top of the second, to set the tone of the contest. The Rams tacked on two more runs in the sixth to cap off their scoring.
“This is the first time that I can say we hit like that this year. I was happy that we came out swinging and played a little bit better than we’ve been the last few games,” Lydon said. “Hopefully, we can keep it going and move forward with this thing.”
North Point (3-7, 1-2 after an 8-1 win over Lackey on Monday), which lost its fourth straight game, managed just six hits and left seven runners on base. Despite its strong hitting, McDonough left eight runners stranded on the day.
McDonough used three pitchers as senior David Larson got the win on the mound, allowing two runs on three hits over the first three innings where he struck out four batters and walked one. Junior Kendrick Musser came out in relief and held North Point hitless over the next two innings with two strikeouts, allowing no earned runs and walked just one batter.
After a scoreless first inning, North Point starting pitcher Jonathan Martinez got into trouble in the second as sophomore catcher Peyton Myers (2 hits) delivered his second straight homer in as many games, leading off the inning with a solo shot to center field for the first run of the game.
Martinez walked the next
two batters and senior Damien Price’s bunt single loaded the bases.
Senior first baseman Jonathan Fisher hit a two-run single to right to put the Rams up 3-0 and Tyler Slagel followed up with an RBI single to score Price for the team’s fourth run.
Two batters later with bases loaded and still no outs, Musser (2 hits) walked and Fisher scored for the fifth run of the game as North Point pitcher Lance Lynch came in to replace Martinez. Martinez, who took the loss, struck out just one batter and allowed seven runs on five hits.
Later in the second, Brant Butler, who had two hits and three RBIs, helped supply some more offense with a two-run single to left, scoring
Drummond and Musser.
“I just was looking for something to hit and get some runs in for the team,” Fisher said. “North Point is a good team. We just jumped on them early and got the timely hits and runs that we needed.”
Matching its two-run third, McDonough added two more in the sixth on RBI doubles by Butler and Thomas Bohling.
North Point scored two runs in the bottom of the third on catcher
Gavin Moore’s two-run double and added one in the sixth on a solo homer by Cody Bottorf.
“We just got off on the wrong foot today and had some problems on the mound early, got behind on counts, walks all in one inning,” said North Point head coach Wade Nadolsky, whose team committed four errors on the day. “When you give up seven runs in one inning against a very good ballclub like McDonough, it
is tough to come back from. We are battle-tested and still have a lot of baseball to play.”
The Eagles scored one more run in the seventh on a RBI single to left by senior Tony Davis. Moore led the Eagles with two hits on the day.
North Point is scheduled to host Leonardtown and Westlake is slated to be at home versus Westlake, both at 4:30 p.m. today.
McDonough senior starting pitcher David Larson allowed two runs on three hits over the first three innings where he struck out four batters and walked one in picking up the win in Friday’s 11-4 win over host North Point in a SMAC Potomac Division baseball contest.