Com­ing up just short

In­dian Head comes back from 7-run deficit, but loses by 1

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By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com

St. Mary’s Post 255 had a 7-0 lead af­ter four in­nings in Wed­nes­day night’s Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball con­test against In­dian Head/Clinton at Chan­cel­lor’s Run Re­gional Park in Great Mills.

In­dian Head bat­tled back to tie the game only to see St. Mary’s take the lead again and get the job done, hold­ing on for a 10-9 win.

St. Mary’s (9-3 over­all) took the 7-0 lead af­ter four in­nings on just four hits, but the vis­i­tors came back in the top of the fifth to score five runs on four solid hits off of St. Mary’s starter Sam Baden. In­dian Head tied the game at 7 in the sixth when a walk came back to bite the hosts and start­ing third base­man Jerry Delph hit an RBI sin­gle to cen­ter field.

In the bot­tom of the sixth, St. Mary’s jumped back on top with three runs on a string of sin­gles by Con­nor Cox, Zach Stan­ford, Hunter Rooney and Ryan Roth­man. With one out in the top of the seventh, In­dian Head faced Rooney on the mound and he started with a walk to catcher Kevin Chen. Dy­lan Will con­nected for a sin­gle to cen­ter. A head’s-up play at third base took care of the lead run­ner, but an over­throw to first base scored a run.

With two outs and the ty­ing run at the plate, left fielder Zach We hausen hit an RBI sin­gle through the in­field to bring In­dian Head within one. Rooney was re­placed by Roth­man, who struck out An­drew Wright and catcher Tyler Waugh threw down the dropped strike for the fi­nal out and the 10-9 win.

Al­though both teams saw its fair share of er­rors, a com­bined seven in the con­test, each team worked to come back. St. Mary’s act­ing head coach Tyler Kim­mey said his team got a lit­tle com­pla­cent.

“They had a big lead and didn’t keep up the in­ten­sity,” Kim­mey said. “There were a few er­rors in that [fifth] in­ning, which cost us about five runs. They don’t give up and they know that they’re bet­ter than that one in­ning that they al­lowed those runs. We were try­ing to save some pitch­ing that we’d used up ear­lier in the week, so that

was why we were a lit­tle re­luc­tant to make a change in the be­gin­ning.”

Waugh, who fills in be­hind the plate when the start­ing catcher isn’t avail­able, kept each pitcher fo­cused on what needed to be done.

“I just told them to take their time tonight and I re­minded them that they’re the pitcher, they con­trol the game,” Waugh said. “They can take as much time as they need to get in their curve, find their arm slot, don’t rush and I don’t give them a sign un­til I know they’re ready. I don’t want to rush them and to over­think it. I wasn’t sur­prised that they came back, we had a rough in­ning.”

Roth­man said he was pleased with the win.

“We mo­nop­o­lized tonight and strung some hits to­gether,” Roth­man said. “When we did hit, we strung them to­gether, we didn’t just get one hit. Jimmy Lind­sey hit that nice gap­ping dou­ble to right cen­ter and Zach [Stand­ford] had a cou­ple.

“We’re ac­tu­ally use to com­ing back like this. It’s noth­ing new for us. We have a ten­dency to do well and then dig our­selves a hole and then fran­ti­cally strug­gle to get back out. Maybe we do [work well un­der pres­sure]. Some peo­ple just like get con­tent with a lead, but then they came back and got like five.”

The win was the sec­ond in 24 hours for St. Mary’s, post­ing a 10-9 win over Green­belt on Tues­day.

“That was a back-and­forth game that they ended up go­ing up by three in the top of the seventh and then we had to come back in the bot­tom and score four to take the win.” Kim­mey said.

STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY SHOWAL­TER

In­dian Head’s Dy­lan Will scores the team’s first run of the game Wed­nes­day night against St. Mary’s Post 255 at Chan­cel­lors Run Re­gional Park in Great Mills. Will scored on an RBI sin­gle to cen­ter field by An­drew Wright, but In­dian Head fell 10-9.

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