Stun­ning com­ple­tion

Musser’s walk-off hit gives McDonough win over La Plata

Maryland Independent - - Sports B - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

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.

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