North Point base­ball wins slugfest over SMR

Ea­gles top SMR in in­ter-county contest

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

Af­ter forg­ing a com­fort­able 6-1 lead through the mid­dle in­nings of Mon­day’s in­ter-county contest, the North Point High School base­ball team with­stood a pair of late ral­lies from visiting St. Mary’s Ryken to pre­vail 8-6 in Wal­dorf.

North Point (6-2 over­all) got four solid in­nings from starter Matt Za­b­ie­gal­ski, who yielded just one run, while re­liever Ken­drick Creasy earned a three-in­ning save de­spite al­low­ing five runs, three earned, on four hits, one walk and a hit bat­ter.

“Both Matt and Ken­drick went out there and bat­tled to­day,” North Point head coach Wade Nadol­sky said. “Matt was re­ally good for four in­nings. Ken­drick got into a jam in the fifth, but he was also able to pitch out of it. They were able to take ad­van­tage of a cou­ple of mis­takes in the sev­enth, but again we found a way to get out of it.”

St. Mary’s Ryken (2-9) scored first in the top of the sec­ond when pitcher Cam­den Beck­ert dou­bled and scored on a sin­gle by Cole Hay­den. But the Ea­gles im­me­di­ately re­sponded with a run against Beck­ert when Jordan McKen­zie led off the home half of the frame with a dou­ble and scored on a twoout sin­gle by Ethan Martinez, who bats ninth in the or­der.

North Point took the lead for good by plat­ing three runs, two earned, in the third. Creasy, who be­gan the game in right field, led off the in­ning with a dou­ble and catcher Zach Doss fol­lowed with a sin­gle and Cody Bot­torf drew a one-out walk to load the bases. McKen­zie then drew a walk to force in one run and Lance Lynch fol­lowed with a sac­ri­fice fly to right.

North Point added an­other run that in­ning when McKen­zie stole

sec­ond and SMR catcher Joey Bryner’s throw bounced into cen­ter field, al­low­ing Bot­torf to score from third. The Ea­gles added two more runs in the fourth when Za­b­ie­gal­ski helped his own cause with a two-run dou­ble that plated Martinez and Pa­trick Estevez for a 6-1 lead.

SMR re­sponded with three runs in the top of the fifth against Creasy. Austin Watts had a one­out sin­gle, Ryan Oglesby fol­lowed with a dou­ble, then C.J. Weirich de­liv­ered a three-run home run over the fence in left field to trim the Knights’ deficit to 6-4.

North Point added two in­surance runs in the home half of the sixth in bizarre, un­con­ven­tional fash­ion.

Estevez reached on a one-out throw­ing er­ror and took sec­ond on the play. He then ap­peared to be out in a run­down between sec­ond and third, but the Knights failed to get him at third and then com­pounded the men­tal mis­take by not hav­ing any­one cover home where Estevez headed home safely with­out invit­ing an­other throw.

“When I saw there were six of their field­ers stand­ing near me at third base, I re­al­ized there was no one at home,” Estevez said. “So, I just took off to­ward home and was able to score.”

Af­ter Creasy and Doss walked and Za­b­ie­gal­ski was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out, Bot­torf hit a blooper into shal­low right that en­abled Creasy to score. But Za­b­ie­gal­ski was forced at sec­ond base, cost­ing Bot­torf a base hit and then Bot­torf was caught in a run­down between first and sec­ond for the last out.

Down 8-4 head­ing to the last in­ning, SMR did not go away qui­etly although Creasy re­tired the first two Knights. Bryner drew a one-out walk and re­liever Tony Hawkins fol­lowed with a sin­gle and Hay­den was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Nick Jaf­fers reached on an er­ror by Estevez at short that en­abled two runs to score, but Creasy fanned Jake Kost to end the game.

“One thing about our sea­son is that we’ve been con­sis­tently in­con­sis­tent,” St. Mary’s Ryken sev­enth-year head coach Doug Creek said. “Some times we get good pitch­ing and then other days we get good hit­ting. We gave up a few runs to­day that we should not have al­lowed, but we re­ally only had one good in­ning swing­ing the bat.”

The Knights are sched­uled to play host to Paul VI (Va.) at 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day. North Point is slated to host St. Charles at 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

SMR softball pre­vails

The Knights won their sixth in a row af­ter emerg­ing with a 6-4 vic­tory over Bishop Mc­Na­mara in eight in­nings in a Wash­ing­ton Catholic Ath­letic Con­fer­ence clash on Mon­day af­ter­noon in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

SMR (10-1, 10-1 WCAC) has outscored their op­po­nents 76-14 dur­ing the six-game win streak. The team’s only loss of the sea­son thus far came ver­sus O’Con­nell (Va.) in a home loss March 23. The two teams meet again in Ar­ling­ton, Va., at 4 p.m. Wed­nes­day.

Mon­day, SMR over­came a 1-0 deficit with two runs in the top of the third. Mc­Na­mara added sin­gle runs in the fourth and fifth to re­gain the lead. The Knights took the ad­van­tage back with two runs in the sixth that was an­swered with the host Mus­tangs scor­ing once in bot­tom of the in­ning. SMR then scored twice in the eighth to pre­vail with se­nior Katie Preb­ble scor­ing the even­tual game-win­ning run.

Sopho­more pitcher Cassie Aud picked up the win for the Knights af­ter al­low­ing four runs, two earned, and fan­ning 14 bat­ters. Preb­ble went 2 for 3 with a home run, walk and also drove in two runs, while Rea­gan Tow­ers went 2 for 4 against Mus­tangs fresh­man Bai­ley Wil­cox.

The homer by Preb­ble, a Gardner-Webb Univer­sity com­mit, tied the game in the sixth and was her sev­enth of the sea­son. She cur­rently has over 100 RBIs, hits and runs for her career.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

North Point High School sec­ond base­man Eric Hamp­ton at­tempts to lay down a sac­ri­fice bunt in the bot­tom of the sec­ond in­ning against St. Mary’s Ryken start­ing pitcher Cam­den Beck­ert. Hamp­ton and the Ea­gles emerged with an 8-6 vic­tory over the Knights.

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

North Point High School lead­off bat­ter Pa­trick Estevez swings at a pitch in the home half of the fourth in­ning on Mon­day af­ter­noon. Estevez was hit by a pitch in the fourth, reached on an er­ror in the sixth and scored two runs as the Ea­gles up­ended visiting St. Mary’s Ryken 8-6.

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