Hit­ting be­comes con­ta­gious for McDonough

Seven-run sec­ond pro­pels Rams past North Point

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

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.

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