Musser’s walk-off hit gives McDonough win over La Plata
As McDonough’s Kendrick Musser walked up to the batter’s box, all that went through his mind was that he needed a base hit in Wednesday’s Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division baseball contest, the completion of a suspended game from Monday.
Facing a two-out, bases loaded, full-count situation, the junior shortstop got the hit that he needed in the bottom of the 11th inning, driving in teammate Trevor Drummond for the game-winning run on an infield single, lifting the Rams to a 3-2 walk-off victory.
“I told Kendrick that the third baseman is playing way behind the bag, and that if you drop down a bunt, you beat it out,” McDonough head coach Mike Lydon said. “And he got enough on the bat for a hit. This is a big win for us, we haven’t beat La Plata in a long time, they’ve been the best team in SMAC for years.”
As the baseball slowly rolled in the infield on Musser’s grounder, La Plata third baseman Zach Fitzsimmons could not make the clean throw over to first base for the potential third out as Musser ran safely to first and Drummond came to home plate.
“I just wanted to get a base hit,” Musser said. “I knew I had a chance to beat it out at first. The third baseman was playing back and the grass was a little wet today, it was a really close play. This is a big win for us, we’ve been trying to do this all year. It was a great team effort.”
It was the second contest between the two teams with the Warriors squeaking out
a 7-6 win on April 15.
Entering Thursday, McDonough (15-4, 10-1 Potomac) had a half-game lead over La Plata (15-2, 9-1) in the division with one more regular season game remaining, that a home contest versus Lackey at 4:30 p.m. Friday. The Warriors had two remaining entering Thursday, scheduled to take on host Westlake on Thursday to make up a Tuesday postponement and a home game versus St. Charles at 4:30 p.m. Friday in its regular season finale.
The game originally began on Monday, but the umpires suspended the game due to lightning in the top of the ninth with the game tied at 1 with two outs and La Plata’s Scott Logue up to bat.
As play resumed on Wednesday, Logue set the tone with a solo home run over the left-field fence to give La Plata a 2-1 lead.
“It was a crazy game. It felt good to give my team the one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth,” said Logue, who also had a double in the game along with his first homer of the season. “When I swung, it just felt good coming off the bat. It was just perfect tim-
ing, but I wish we could’ve pulled out the win.”
In the bottom of the ninth, McDonough responded as Drummond, who was 3 for 6 at the plate, tied the game at 2 on an RBI single to left, scoring Jonathan Fisher.
McDonough’s Brant Butler, who relieved senior starter David Larson, picked up the win on the mound. Butler threw the last three innings and allowed just one run on two hits with one walk and one strikeout.
Larson pitched eight innings and struck out 11 batters. He allowed one run on five hits, while walking one as he threw 105 pitches.
La Plata’s Jake Hanks got the loss, pitching the
final 3 2/3 innings as he gave up just two runs on six hits with four strikeouts. He also walked four batters.
“Jake made a nice pitch and jammed him [Musser] up a little bit,” La Plata head coach John Childers said. “I thought my third baseman could’ve made a play on it if he didn’t have to run around to get to it. It’s frustrating to lose the game, but it makes us better to play in this kind of game. Hopefully when the initial shock wears off that we lost they will understand that more about themselves.”
Logue started on the mound for La Plata, going seven innings with 10 strikeouts, including striking out the side in the bot- tom of the seventh. Logue also allowed just one run on five hits and walked a batter.
After back-to-back singles by Damien Price and Drummond, sophomore catcher Peyton Myers singled in Price scored to give the Rams a 1-0 lead in the third.
Brett Pilkerton led off the top of the sixth for La Plata with a single to right and advanced to second on a errant throw. A sacrifice bunt by Taylor Cook moved Pilkerton to third.
Two batters later with two outs, senior catcher Tyler Stockwell hit a single to left, scoring Pilkerton to knot the game at 1.
Logue followed up things with a double deep to center. Stockwell was thrown out at home plate on the relay throw by McDonough shortstop Kendrick Musser and Myers tagged Stockwell to end the inning, saving a run that would have put the Warriors on top.
McDonough junior shortstop Kendrick Musser delivered a game-winning RBI infield single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Rams to a 3-2 walk-off home win over the La Plata Warriors in a SMAC Potomac Division baseball contest on Wednesday, a completion of a suspended game from Monday.
McDonough’s Brant Butler picked up the win on the hill in a 3-2 walk-off win in 11 innings over visiting La Plata on Wednesday evening in a SMAC Potomac Division baseball contest, a completion of a suspended game from Monday. Butler allowed just one run on two hits with one strikeout.