North Point base­ball knocks off Lackey

Doss hits two home runs in Ea­gles vic­tory

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­

On a day when au­tumn made an early ar­rival in the re­gion, the North Point High School base­ball team got two solo home runs from Zach Doss and a solid re­lief ap­pear­ance from Lance Lynch to edge vis­it­ing Lackey, 7-5 on an over­cast day in Wal­dorf on Wed­nes­day in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion con­test.

North Point (7-10, 5-4 Po­tomac) scored one run in the bot­tom of the first in­ning on Doss’ first solo homer of the day and then over­came a brief 2-1 deficit by scor­ing three runs in the third as Doss de­liv­ered another solo shot. The Ea­gles sopho­more first base­man had a sin­gle in his third at-bat and drove in a run when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth in a pro­duc­tive af­ter­noon.

“I went deep in the count against him [Lackey pitcher Isa­iah Hawkins] both times,” Doss said. “The first time up he got a pitch up a lit­tle and then next time he tried to get me on a curve ball away. But I was able to make good con­tact both times. If we play like we’re ca­pa­ble of play­ing, we’re one of the best teams in SMAC.”

Lackey (3-11, 2-7) scored two runs in the top of the sec­ond against North Point starter Cody Bot­torf, who de­parted with a 4-2 lead af­ter four com­plete in­nings. While Bot­torf was ef­fi­cient, south­paw re­liever Jon Martinez en­coun­tered trou­bles in his two in­nings of work that en­abled the Charg­ers to get back into con­tention.

In the top of the fifth, Lackey’s Seth Wein­gar­den had a one-out sin­gle then Devin Con­ner and Hawkins both worked Martinez for walks to load the bases. Lackey’s Scotty Pickle then popped out to sec­ond, but Wein­gar­den at­tempted to tag up and score on the play and was nailed eas­ily when E.J. Hampton’s throw reached catcher Gavin Moore in plenty of time to re­tire Wein­gar­den.

North Point added to its lead in the home half of the in­ning when Doss sin­gled with one out, stole sec­ond, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Gavin Moore.

Martinez then en­coun­tered far more se­ri­ous trou­ble in the sixth. Lackey’s Pierce Hill opened the in­ning with a sin­gle, then Carl Jones and Kevin Chen both worked Martinez for walks, prompt­ing North Point head coach Wade Nadol­sky sum­moned Lynch into the game with the bases loaded and none out.

Lackey’s Dy­lan Will plated Hill with a sac­ri­fice fly to cen­ter field. Wes John­son then reached on a fielder’s choice grounder to third, with Jones com­ing around to score on a throw­ing er­ror by Hampton. Lynch avoided fur­ther trou­ble when he in­duced Wein­gar­den

On Wed­nes­day at the base­ball field at North­ern High School, the Leonard­town Raiders fell be­hind early and al­most made it all the way back be­fore ul­ti­mately drop­ping a 6-5 de­ci­sion to the Pa­tri­ots. North­ern pulled off an un­con­ven­tional dou­ble play, tak­ing a run­ner off of sec­ond base when the Raiders had a sec­ond and third with no out threat, be­fore ul­ti­mately strand­ing the po­ten­tial ty­ing run at third.

The win evened up North­ern’s record with the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence’s Ch­e­sa­peake Divi­sion at 4-4. More sig­nif­i­cantly, it dropped Leonard­town’s divi­sion record to 6-3 with three games to play, leav­ing the Raiders two games be­hind Hunt­ing­town in the loss col­umn in the race for the divi­sion crown, which will earn a team a spot in this year’s SMAC cham­pi­onship game.

While the con­fer­ence split into di­vi­sions for foot­ball a few years ago, this year marked the first year the di­vi­sional for­mat was em­ployed for most other sports. In foot­ball, schools are split by size, with the

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