Sur­viv­ing at the end

Sixth-in­ning homer vaults La Plata base­ball over Rams

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON AND ANDY STATES aj­ma­son@somd­news.com as­tates@somd­news.com

The top two base­ball teams in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion took the field Fri­day af­ter­noon as La Plata hosted McDonough.

With the game tied at 4 in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning, La Plata ju­nior Jake Hanks hit a two-out, three-run home run off of Rams pitcher Ken­drick Musser to give the War­riors a 7-4 lead.

With Hanks on the mound in the top of the seventh, McDonough fu­eled a comeback with a lead­off solo homer from David Lar­son and a twoout RBI sin­gle from Damien Price.

How­ever, McDonough’s Jonathan Fisher flied out to ju­nior left fielder Brett Pilk­er­ton for the third out to end the game.

“That a huge win for us,” La Plata head coach John Childers said. “McDonough is a re­ally good team, to have them 4-0 and for them to bounce back and put four runs to tie it up, a lot of teams would have given up. But they fought hard, our guys just found a way to win. You can’t write a story bet­ter than that, Jake hit a big homer and then fac­ing the top of the or­der on the mound, but he found a way to get the outs for us. He a tough kid.”

Hanks, who fin­ished with two hits and three RBIs, got the win for La Plata. He al­lowed two runs over the sixth and seventh in­nings, walked one and sur­ren­dered three hits.

“We bat­tled and we’ve been fight­ing hard in ev­ery game,” Hanks said. “It was ex­cit­ing to hit a home run to­day, but the guys backed me up the whole game.”

Se­nior Scott Logue went the first five in­nings in a no-de­ci­sion for La Plata with nine strike­outs.

“McDonough is our tough­est team in our divi­sion. We knew it was go­ing to be a bat­tle,” Logue said. “We just fought harder and got the win. No mat­ter how tough it got we made the plays that we needed.”

Musser took the loss for the Rams. He lasted just 2 2/3 in­nings, walked two, struck out six and al­lowed four runs.

La Plata, which had eight hits, jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the bot­tom of the third on a RBI sin­gles from se­niors Tyler Stock­well and Zach Fitzsim­mons. Fitzsim­mons also came to home plate on a dou­ble steal.

The War­riors tacked on an­other run in the fourth to go up 4-0 on a one-out RBI dou­ble from se­nior Tay­lor Cook.

In the top of the fifth, McDonough scored four unan­swered runs to knot the game at 4 on an RBI sin­gle from Pey­ton My­ers and a three-run

PHOTO BY ROB WOR­MAN

La Plata’s Jake Hanks belted a three-run home run in the bot­tom of the sixth in­ning Fri­day, help­ing the War­riors to an even­tual 7-6 vic­tory over McDonough.

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