Per­fect end

Com­bined per­fect game, 13-run at­tack lead Hugh­esville to Dis­trict 7 crown

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Step­ping into the bat­ter’s box with a run­ner on first and no outs in the sec­ond in­ning of the Mary­land Dis­trict 7 11- to 12-yearold base­ball cham­pi­onship game at Oak Ridge Park in Hugh­esville on Thurs­day night, Hugh­esville’s Colby Mur­phy was look­ing to put a charge into the ball.

He did that and then some, launch­ing a tworun home run over the left-field fence to in­crease his team’s lead to 4-0. It was but a snap­shot in an over­all dom­i­nant per­for­mance as Hugh­esville pounded out 11 hits and re­ceived a com­bined per­fect game from Alex Borges and Chet Bowl­ing in a 13-0, four-in­ning win over Calvert Amer­i­can.

Hugh­esville ad­vanced to play in the state tour­na­ment, which is sched­uled to be­gin July 23 at Robert D. Stethem Park in Wal­dorf.

“I thought ev­ery­body did re­ally good,” Mur­phy said. “I’m proud of my­self for my first all-star home run with my good friend Dy­lan Brown on first base. I’m very happy with my per­for­mance to­day and the whole team.”

Hugh­esville had taken a 2-0 lead in the bot­tom of the first when Tyler Quade’s triple drove home Cole Hark­ness and Blake Pe­sante. Mur­phy’s round-trip­per the fol­low­ing in­ning dou­bled the mar­gin, while Hugh­esville erupted for nine runs in the third to bring the game to its mercy-rule con­clu­sion.

A Bowl­ing fly ball

turned into an in­ning-open­ing triple in the fate­ful third. Bowl­ing scored on Pe­sante’s ground ball the fol­low­ing at-bat and the flood­gates were opened. Mur­phy and Allen Miller each con­trib­uted two-run hits to high­light the in­ning, while Hark­ness had a dou­ble.

It was all more than enough sup­port for Borges and Bowl­ing on the mound. Borges worked the game’s first three in­nings, log­ging three strike­outs in his per­fect out­ing. Bowl­ing fol­lowed with a per­fect in­ning of his own, cap­ping the game with his lone strike­out to bring the fourth and fi­nal in­ning to a close.

“I was just try­ing to throw the ball in there, just throw strikes. I just let it go ev­ery time,” Borges said. “We’re pretty good this year. I think we’re go­ing to make it pretty far.”

Bowl­ing’s as­sess­ment echoed Borges’.

“I think we’re pretty good,” he said. “We have good pitch­ing. We all throw strikes. As long as we throw strikes and make them hit the ball, we have de­fense.”

In three games in the tour­na­ment, Hugh­esville sur­ren­dered just one run. It was about as com­plete a per­for­mance as could have been ex­pected, ac­cord­ing to man­ager Ch­ester Bowl­ing.

“Great game, it’s a great group of kids,” he said. “We played three games and al­lowed one run. We had ex­cel­lent pitch­ing. The whole staff is phe­nom­e­nal, couldn’t ask for more. Good kids, good hits, we played great base­ball.”

Calvert Amer­i­can had opened the tour­na­ment with a 14-1 loss to Hugh­esville, but fought back to de­feat Wal­dorf and St. Mary’s to earn an­other crack at Hugh­esville in the cham­pi­onship round.

“They played awe­some,” Calvert Amer­i­can coach Jeremy Fowler said. “Com­ing out and fac­ing a team the cal­iber of Hugh­esville the first game of the tour­na­ment and tak­ing a loss like we did, it could de­mor­al­ize a lot of teams. Th­ese guys showed a lot of heart and for­ti­tude and came back and won two games in a row and played great. If you’re go­ing to start a tour­na­ment, you might as well end it with the best team in the dis­trict. You can’t take any­thing away from Hugh­esville. They have a great team.”

With the strong dis­trict show­ing in the books, Ch­ester Bowl­ing was op­ti­mistic that his squad would pro­duce a sim­i­lar ef­fort in the up­com­ing state tour­na­ment.

“I think we’ll do well,” he said. “It’s go­ing to be great com­pe­ti­tion, al­ways is, but I think they’ll do well. We have some kids who have played in state tour­na­ments be­fore and that helps with ex­pe­ri­ence. I think we’ll do well. We have good pitch­ing, the bats have been hot, so hope­fully we’ll do well.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

Hugh­esville start­ing pitcher Alex Borges de­liv­ers a pitch dur­ing ac­tion in the Dis­trict 7 11-12 cham­pi­onship game against Calvert Amer­i­can at Oak Ridge Park on Thurs­day night. Borges and Chet Bowl­ing com­bined on a per­fect game in the team’s 13-0 win.

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

The Hugh­esville 11-12 base­ball team poses with its Dis­trict 7 cham­pi­onship ban­ner fol­low­ing a 13-0, four-in­ning win over Calvert Amer­i­can at Oak Ridge Park on Thurs­day night.

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