McDonough softball downs La Plata

Rams of­fense takes charge in later in­nings for win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

En­ter­ing Fri­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion softball contest, McDonough had al­ready ex­pe­ri­enced play­ing in the bit­ter cold dur­ing the young sea­son.

So when the Rams squared off against its county foe La Plata un­der the over­cast skies, gusty winds and chilly tem­per­a­tures, they were more than pre­pared.

McDonough eluded the weather with fly­ing col­ors as it ripped off eight unan­swered runs en route to a 9-2 vic­tory over the de­fend­ing Class 2A state cham­pion War­riors in Pom­fret.

Af­ter a 5-1 loss to 2016 3A state fi­nal­ist Hunt­ing­town on Mon­day, the Rams (6-3, 4-2 SMAC Po­tomac), the Rams have still won six of their last eight and looked to con­tinue their hot streak at North­ern on Tues­day. The team’s next sched­uled game is at 4:30 p.m. April 18 at home ver­sus Lackey.

“It was definitely a team ef­fort win and I’m glad to fi­nally see the bats come alive and put the ball in play, on this cold, frigid day in April.” Rams head coach Julie Snavely said. “Our de­fense was shaky here and there, but they came through. [Start­ing pitcher] Sarah Chen does what she al­ways does and throws strikes, we just have to be be­hind her.”

McDonough, which fin­ished with nine hits, led 1-0 af­ter two in­nings, but La Plata took a 2-1 in the top of the third on an RBI bunt sin­gle by Han­nah Kraft and an RBI dou­ble by J.C. Cham­ber­lain.

The Rams took con­trol from there, scor­ing three runs in the bot­tom of the third, four more in the fifth and one in the sixth to put the game away.

Chen went the dis­tance on the rub­ber with seven strike­outs, al­low­ing just two runs on six hits, while walk­ing just two bat­ters.

McDonough, which had six play­ers in the lineup with at least one hit, was led by sopho­more short­stop Reed But­ler, who fin­ished 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs, in­clud­ing a twoout solo home run in the sixth, the game’s fi­nal run.

“The pitch was inside and I just turned on it and it went over the fence,” said But­ler on the home run. “This was a big win for us.”

Fresh­man third base­man Ha­ley Arnold went for 2 for 3, in­clud­ing a two-run dou­ble in the fifth. Cen­ter fielder Stephanie Adams col­lected a hit and two RBIs, se­nior catcher El­iza Shontz added a RBI ground­out and sopho­more left fielder Jas­mine Jordan also had a hit and a RBI.

“La Plata is al­ways a good game in the county for us,” said Chen, who also had one hit and a walk at the plate. “Af­ter los­ing to them last year we definitely wanted to come back and take it this year. This is a big ri­valry. They have some real good hit­ters, I just wanted to mix my pitches up and lo­cat­ing dif­fer­ent spots.”

La Plata, which left eight run­ners on base, got pro­duc­tion from fresh­man pitcher Sierra Sanderson, who threw six in­nings and struck out four bat­ters. Sanderson also had a dou­ble at the plate.

“Over­all, the girls didn’t come out with a lot of heart and we just played flat and did some things we shouldn’t have done,” La Plata head coach Dave Krahling said. “McDonough has a solid team and they made the plays they needed to. We are a young team, but we just have to play to­gether.”

La Plata (3-6, 3-2 af­ter a 12-0 win over West­lake on Mon­day) is next sched­uled to play host to St. Charles at 4:30 p.m. April 19.

STAFF PHOTO BY AJ MA­SON

McDonough third base­man Ha­ley Arnold un­loads a swing for an even­tual two-run dou­ble in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning of Fri­day’s 9-2 vic­tory over the visiting La Plata War­riors in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion softball contest in Pom­fret. Arnold was 2 for 3 at the plate on the day.

La Plata fresh­man pitcher Sierra Sanderson struck out four bat­ters in a 9-2 loss to host McDonough in Fri­day’s SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion softball contest. Sanderson also had a dou­ble at the plate in the game.

STAFF PHOTOS BY AJ MA­SON

McDonough sopho­more short­stop Reed But­ler makes the throw to first for the third out of the top of the fifth in­ning in Fri­day’s 9-2 win over visiting La Plata in a SMAC Po­tomac Di­vi­sion softball contest in Pom­fret. But­ler also went 3 for 4 at the plate with two RBIs, in­clud­ing a solo home run in the bot­tom of the sixth for the game’s fi­nal run.

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