North Point base­ball clips McDonough

Ea­gles base­ball holds off Rams at end for Po­tomac Divi­sion win

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

As the North Point base­ball team took a three-run lead into the bot­tom half of the sev­enth in­ning dur­ing Thurs­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion con­test, host McDonough did not go away.

With two outs and Trevor Drum­mond on first base, Brant Butler cranked a two-run home run off North Point ju­nior re­liever Lance Lynch to cut the lead to one.

How­ever, on the next-at bat, ju­nior catcher Pey­ton My­ers struck out swing­ing as the Ea­gles sur vived with a 4-3 vic­tory in Pom­fret, hand­ing the Rams their first loss of the sea­son.

Lynch, who al­lowed two runs and two hits in twothirds of an in­ning, picked up the huge save in front of se­nior Ken­drick Creasey, a trans­fer from Colo­nial Beach (Va.) who picked up the win af­ter giv­ing up no earned runs on four hits in 6 1/3 in­nings with five walks and three strike­outs.

“I just wanted to come out here and throw strikes and get the job done to help this team win,” Creasey said. “This was an­other good win for us and this team is like a fam­ily. I love play­ing on this team.”

It was an­other big divi­sion win in the county for North Point (4-2, 3-0 SMAC Po­tomac af­ter a 13-2 win over Lackey on Mon­day), which also knocked off defending Class 2A state cham­pion La Plata 8-1 at home on Wed­nes­day.

The Ea­gles are sched­uled to travel to Leonard­town for a cross­over con­test at 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

“We are play­ing good base­ball right now,” North Point head coach Wade Nadol­sky said. “We had good team at-bats and were able to score with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion and that was the dif­fer­ence. And our in­field made some solid plays. We did the lit­tle things to get the win.”

North Point, which man­aged just four hits in the game, trailed 1-0 af­ter two in­nings, scored four unan­swered runs on three hits in the top of the third.

North Point’s Kevon Whar­ton led off the third with a sin­gle to right field.

Pa­trick Estevez then laid down a bunt and ad­vanced to sec­ond base af­ter over­thrown ball at first base, while Whar­ton went to third.

Creasey put the Ea­gles up 2-1 with a two-run sin­gle to cen­ter. Af­ter a sin­gle from catcher Zach Doss, Will Riedel drove in Creasey on an RBI ground­out to push the lead to two runs.

North Point tacked on its fi­nal run when Doss scored on a sac­ri­fice fly by Cody Bot­torf.

“This was huge to get two straight [divi­sion] wins early in the sea­son and credit to McDonough for play­ing a tough game against us,” Doss said. “We are do­ing a good job of ex­e­cut­ing and get­ting timely hits when we need them. “Our pitch­ers have been throw­ing well and have a dog mind­set. And that comes from work­ing hard in the off­sea­son.”

In the bot­tom half of the first, Creasey walked three of McDonough’s first five bat­ters. With the bases loaded and one out, Austin Simms walked to bring in Drum­mond.

Drum­mond, Butler and Golden all had two hits each for McDonough.

“We bat­tled at the end and once Brant hit that home run I knew we needed two or three more hits to be able to win the game,” McDonough head coach Mike Ly­don said. “[Creasey] pitched a great game. He only gave up four hits and threw it hard enough where we couldn’t get good con­tact on it. If he keeps do­ing that, he will be very suc­cess­ful.”

Simms started on the mound and al­lowed four runs, one earned, in four in­nings with three strike­outs.

Butler pitched the fi­nal three in­nings for the Rams (5-1, 1-1 af­ter a 12-1 win over St. Charles on Mon­day) and struck out three bat­ters with two walks.

“When I hit that home run that gave us a boost and we had a chance to win. We just came up short,” Butler said. “We have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence and deep pitch­ing this year. Our bats are still there we just didn’t hit like we nor­mally to­day.”

McDonough is sched­uled to take on host West­lake at 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

North Point se­nior pitcher Ken­drick Creasey picked up the win on the mound against McDonough in Thurs­day’s SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion base­ball con­test. Creasey, a trans­fer from Colo­nial Beach (Va.), picked up the win af­ter giv­ing up no earned runs on four hits in 6 1/3 in­nings with five walks and three strike­outs as the Ea­gles held on for a 4-3 win.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

McDonough third base­man Trevor Drum­mond catches a pop fly to end top of the sec­ond in­ning in Thurs­day’s SMAC Po­tomac Divi­sion base­ball game ver­sus vis­it­ing North Point. North Point won the game 4-3.

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