North Point baseball wins slugfest over SMR
Eagles top SMR in inter-county contest
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.
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.
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.