La Plata outslugs Huntingtown in baseball showdown
Warriors win eight of nine matches
After defeating all six Charles County opponents en route to a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference Potomac Division title last season, the La Plata tennis team has picked up where it left off thus far in 2017.
Coming off a 5-4 win at St. Charles on Wednesday, the visiting Warriors followed up with their second in a row Friday with a convincing 8-1 win over the Thomas Stone Cougars in a division matchup.
La Plata (2-1, 2-1 SMAC Potomac after a 5-4 loss to North Point on Monday) swept all five of the doubles matches and won three of the four in singles, with all of the wins coming in straight sets. The Warriors are scheduled to host Westlake at 4 p.m. today.
The closest matchup of the day was in mixed doubles was between La Plata’s Kyron Dewey and Stone’s Jennifer Dieterle and Emma Chandler. The Warriors duo won a backand-forth first set 7-5 and went on to take control of the second set 6-2.
“What I’m happy about is that we are young and these young ones are learning while they are winning,” La Plata head coach Eulo Regala Sr. said. “We only have [two] seniors on the team and hopefully by the end of the season we will be a lot better. There are several teams in SMAC who are real strong and if we are able to put up a fight, we may have a couple of surprises.”
La Plata swept both girls singles matches as junior exchange student Aleksandra Jackowska from Poland was victorious in the No. 1 matchup 6-1, 6-1 over Stone’s Kailee Covey. At No. 2, La Plata’s Grace Na picked up a 6-2, 6-1 win over Ariel Ajero.
“I was really happy to get the win because it is always pressure when you are playing at No. 1,” Jackowska said. “When I came for the first practice here [at La Plata] I was real rusty, but I’m starting to get back on track. So far I like the school and playing on the team.”
La Plata’s Joseph Na defeated Tim Goldring 6-3, 6-2 in the No. 1 boys singles contest. Goldring’s brother Geoff delivered the Cougars’ only win of the day with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over La Plata’s Brandon Luton at No. 2.
“Honestly this is a great feeling to get another win under my belt,” said Geoff Goldring, who improved to 2-0 on the season after Friday’s win in only his second year of playing tennis. “As long as I kept my feet moving and do what I do I can keep winning. Last year I played doubles so I’m used to having someone covering my back, but in singles you have more ground to cover on my own, so it is a challenge.”
In boys doubles, the No. 1 tandem Griffin Moyer and Anant Patel won in straight sets over Stone’s Alex Richards and Xavier Coleman (6-2, 6-3), while Jack Koch and Parshva Patel also won in straight sets at No. 2 over Savyion Smith and Jared Brown (61, 6-2).
Over in girls doubles, Preetaman Virk and Erin Quartararo cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 victory at No. 1 and the No. 2 pair Jennifer Curtis and Egypt Bond won in 6-0, 6-0 fashion.
Stone (0-3, 0-3 after a 5-4 loss to Northern on Monday) is scheduled to take on host Patuxent on at 4 p.m. today.
“I’m really pleased with the way that Tim and Geoff are playing at singles,” Cougars head coach Tom Parker said. “The rest of our group still have a lot of work to do, we just have to work on the simple things like swinging the racket and the getting the ball back over, along with consistent ser ves.”
La Plata’s Joseph Na returns a shot in Friday’s SMAC Potomac Division tennis match versus host Thomas Stone. Na defeated Tim Goldring 6-3, 6-2 in No. 1 boys singles as La Plata went on to win the match 8-1.
STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MASON Thomas Stone’s Geoff Goldring tries to return a shot back across the net in Friday’s SMAC Potomac Division tennis match versus La Plata. Goldring defeated La Plata’s Brandon Luton 6-4, 6-1 in No. 2 boys singles.