Black Sox split with St. Mary’s in CHASM

Black Sox gain split with one-run win in Game 2 over league leaders

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TAMMY SHOWAL­TER tshowal­ter@somd­news.com

The park­ing lot at the Green Door in St. Mary’s City was al­ready fill­ing up and base­ball play­ers were en­vi­sion­ing the sound of beer caps fly­ing off be­fore the fi­nal out of Sun­day’s dou­ble­header be­tween St. Mary’s Door and the Black Sox in the Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Base­ball League, just a few miles away at St. Mary’s Col­lege of Mary­land.

With the gru­el­ing tem­per­a­tures out­side and the long third and fourth in­nings dur­ing Game 2 of the dou­ble­header that con­sisted of nine walks to­tal by the Black Sox pitch­ing staff, the two teams were ready to con­verse with a cool drink.

The Black Sox strug­gled on the mound no doubt, but they strung to­gether 15 hits to come away with the 10-9 vic­tory in Game 2 to gain a split after St. Mary’s cap­tured the opener 8-2.

“Re­ally we just hit and in the first game we didn’t hit too well,” Young said. “The first pitcher [for St. Mary’s] Ryan D’An­tuono threw well. The guys saw the ball and hit well. We did strug­gle to throw strikes. It feels good. It’s a good win for us; we needed it.”

Black Sox right fielder Dustin Nut­ter, who was 3 for 4 at the plate and scored two runs, said it came down to timely hit­ting.

“No­body was forc­ing it, so just do­ing ev­ery­thing nat­u­rally,” Nut­ter said. “Clutch hit­ting is ex­actly what we didn’t do in the first game, but we turned it around here in the sec­ond. They’re al­ways great com­pe­ti­tion. They’re solid, they’re pitch­ing is great and they al­ways hit the ball, so it’s al­ways tough to beat them. It’s never an easy game.”

The two teams met up on June 18 where St. Mary’s cap­tured a 10-8, nine-in­ning vic­tor y.

“We’re al­ways in the

play­ing game to get to the play­offs, so it’s a one and done type deal,” Nut­ter said. “Our goal is to not do that this year and we’d like to go all the way. We’ve never done that, so that’s the end goal.”

Black Sox left fielder Tyler Simms was also 3 for 4 and he brought in the fi­nal run that would prove to be the sav­ing grace for the day as his team vaulted into third place in the league stand­ings at 7-6 against St. Mary’s, the league leader at 11-3 which had just five hits to­tal in Game 2.

Simms said it was im­por­tant to play as a team and come to­gether. He also shares Nut­ter’s vi­sion of a strong post­sea­son.

“It’s im­por­tant to have each other’s backs,” Simms said. “We had to just stay pos­i­tive [through the pitch­ing strug­gles] and keep ev­ery­body’s con­fi­dence up and fight through it. We’d like to get the first seed and even­tu­ally carry on and keep play­ing through the play­offs.”

The Black Sox got on the board early with three runs on three hits in the first in­ning. St. Mary’s an­swered back with one in the bot­tom half.

The Black Sox had a 5-1 lead go­ing into the bot­tom of the third, but St. Mary’s tied the game at 5 with three runs scor­ing on walks. Black Sox jumped back into the lead at 8-5, be­gin­ning with hits from Simms and Erv­ing Nazario. Nazario was also 3 for 4 on the day and scored two runs.

St. Mary’s tacked on two more un­earned runs in the bot­tom of the fourth, but sec­ond base­man Chase Travers started off the Black Sox fifth with a sin­gle to left field and quickly stole sec­ond base. With one out, Simms hit an RBI triple to right-cen­ter and Nazario con­nected for a sin­gle to bring in Simms for the 10-7 lead and St. Mary’s couldn’t an­swer back in the bot­tom half but did put up a fight in the bot­tom of the sixth when head coach Drew Wil­lard went to his bench.

Cortez Bush, catcher Jared Kar­bowski and An­drew Fen­wick made some­thing hap­pen of­fen­sively in the in­ning. Bush reached on a walk. Kar­bowski con­nected for a dou­ble to cen­ter to score Bush. Fen­wick walked, bring­ing up lead­off bat­ter Lyle Kralle with one out.

Kralle beat the throw at first pre­vent­ing a dou­ble play and giv­ing enough time for Kar­bowski to score to once again bring Door to within one.

Ryan Fen­wick took the mound in the top of the sev­enth and shut down the top of the lineup. League dou­ble­head­ers are two seven-in­ning con­tests.

St. Mary’s start­ing catcher Jared Eaker was hit with a pitch to start the bot­tom half and reached sec­ond on a sac­ri­fice bunt by Ja­son Bean. Ryan D’An­tuono hit a hard shot up the mid­dle for a sin­gle but couldn’t ad­vance Eaker, the po­ten­tial ty­ing run.

With one out, Black Sox closer Tyler Cro­son caught Kar­bowski look­ing at a third strike and An­drew Fen­wick’s line drive was caught by Travers at sec­ond base for the fi­nal out.

“They hit the ball and we didn’t and in the first game it was the op­po­site way around,” Wil­lard said. “It seemed like ev­ery­body [on the Black Sox] had mul­ti­ple hits and we maybe had four or five. You can’t ex­pect to win games that way. We kind of lucked out that they had so much trou­ble throw­ing strikes them­selves, but it is what it is. Our pitch­ing was just a lit­tle too hit­table to­day.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TAMMY SHOWAL­TER

Black Sox cen­ter fielder Tyler Simms crosses the plate in the top of the fifth in­ning in Game 2 of Sun­day’s Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Base­ball League dou­ble­header at St. Mary’s Col­lege against St. Mary’s Door. Simms was 3 for 4 as the Black Sox hung on for a 10-9 win to gain a split in the dou­ble­header.

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