but we are winning games against good quality programs. The team chemistry is what shows out the most and that’s why we are winning.”
Southern Maryland, which had 10 hits in the game, had a one-run lead after the first inning, then broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three runs. Sophomore center fielder Corey Rosier, who sparked the Mustangs with a 4 for 4 day at the plate, drove in Evan Buchanan on a single to make the game 4-2. After a
walk by Austin Simms loaded the bases, third baseman John Todd’s single brought home Matthew Sowinski to give Southern Maryland a three-run lead.
“It was a huge win coming into a new league and we are the top team in the league right now,” Rosier said. “This team has come along way. We started from the ground up and coach Corrick really helped build this program and it has been a great experience.”
Corrick added, “Corey is always a spark plug. He is very fast around the bases and he one of the leaders in the state in runs scored right now.”
Junior designated Zach McDonough hitter then reached third base on an error, scoring Rosier to give Southern Maryland a 6-2 lead. In the bottom of the fifth, the Mustangs capped off their scoring as Rosier hit a two-out double, scoring freshman Andrew Sowinski.
In the top of the seventh after the first two batters were walked, Chris Houlihan’s RBI double brought the Cavaliers to within four runs. The next batter, Guy Desanctis, lined out to shortstop Matthew Sowinski, who threw Houlihan out at second for the 6-4 double play.
Andrew Sowinski, who pitched the final inning, struck out Nate Gadiano to end the game.
“When you don’t make routine plays, good teams make you pay,” said The Heights head coach John Fritts, whose team fell to 12-5 on the season. “That is a good team and it is a reason why they are number one in the conference right now. We just left too many runners on base and we didn’t make the routine plays that we needed to.”
The Heights, which left nine runners in scoring position, took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out RBI double by Desanctis. In the bottom of the frame, Southern Maryland scored its first run on a RBI single from Todd, scoring Rosier, who led off the inning with a triple. McDonough then gave it a 3-2 lead on a two-run single.
Simms picked up the win on the mound, striking out six batters, allowing just two runs on four hits, while walking two batters.
“I was down a couple days ago, but coach Corrick gave me a chance to prove myself today,” Simms said. “And that’s what I did. I’m very blessed that I came to the school and met the coaches and my teammates. This was a big win for us.”
Desanctis got the loss. He went four innings and struck out four batters.
The Mustangs will host Chapelgate Christian Academy of Howard County at 4:30 p.m. today in a nonconference contest.