McDonough base­ball blanked by North­ern

Pa­tri­ots south­paw Lee Sang throws six shutout in­nings for win

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­

In a game that lasted only 90 min­utes, the North­ern High School base­ball team blanked vis­it­ing McDonough High School 3-0 at Dunkirk District Park on a day when the Pa­tri­ots had one good in­ning of of­fense and the Rams ran them­selves out of their best scor­ing chance.

North­ern sopho­more south­paw start­ing pitcher Mar­cus Lee Sang held McDonough score­less through six in­nings and re­liever Justin Hitt tossed a per­fect sev­enth to earn the save in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cross­over con­test. McDonough sopho­more starter Liam Golden gave the Rams five solid in­nings, yield­ing runs in only one of them en route to a tough loss.

“Mar­cus did a great job get­ting ahead of the hit­ters with his fast­ball and then get­ting them out with his change-up,” North­ern coach Bobby Gib­bons said of Lee Sang, who trans­ferred from DeMatha High School prior to the start of the 2016-17 school year. “He re­ally had good com­mand of his fast­ball and his change-up. We came up with the big hits when we needed them and we made the plays on de­fense when we needed to make them.”

North­ern (8-2) had one hit in each of the first two in­nings, but it was fi­nally able to get to Golden in a piv­otal third. With two on and one out, Lee Sang helped his own cause by de­liv­er­ing a sin­gle up the mid­dle that scored Bryce Leslie with the first run, then Kyle Kings­bury fol­lowed with a two-run dou­ble in the gap in right-cen­ter field that plated Brian Freschi and Lee Sang for a 3-0 lead.

“I was just look­ing for a good pitch to drive and I was able to drive one into the gap,” Kings­bury said. “I thought their right fielder [Seth Morrison] did a good job of get­ting over and cut­ting it off. Mar­cus did a good job for us out there at­tack­ing the hit­ters and we played good de­fense be­hind him. When we had two run­ners on, I just wanted to come through for my team some­how.”

While North­ern was able to take ad­van­tage of its best scor­ing chance of the day, McDonough (8-2) ran out of one in the top of the sixth that could have re­versed the course of the con­test. Pey­ton My­ers and Sean Joseph greeted Lee Sang with con­sec­u­tive sin­gles, then Tommy Wil­ley reached on an er­ror by Leslie at sec­ond.

But in­stead of hav­ing the bases loaded and none out, Joseph over­ran sec­ond and headed to third, forc­ing My­ers to head home pre­ma­turely. My­ers was caught in a run­down between third and home and Joseph was tardy get­ting back to the bag at sec­ond and both were nailed on the play. So in­stead of hav­ing the bases loaded and none out when he stepped to the plate, Golden grounded out to end the in­ning.

“That was the ball­game right there,” McDonough head coach Mike Ly­don said. “We had a sopho­more [Joseph] run­ning

the bases and he just got con­fused and over­ran the bag and that forced Pey­ton to keep mov­ing. We had a chance to get back in the game with the bases loaded and none out, but in­stead we ran into two outs. That was pretty much the game for us right there.”

McDonough had sev­eral chances ear­lier in the game as well. In the top of the first, Austin Simms had a one­out sin­gle and My­ers de­liv­ered a two-out sin­gle. But with run­ners at first and third, Joseph fanned on an 0-ball, 2-strike pitch from Lee Sang to end the threat.

McDonough had a two-out sin­gle from Ryan Bar­nett in the sec­ond, but Morrison grounded to short for the fi­nal out. Simms had a one-out sin­gle in the third, but Brant But­ler grounded out and My­ers flew out to left. Wil­ley also reached on an er­ror in the fourth, but Golden grounded out and Bar­nett fanned. Simms reached on a two-out er­ror in the fifth, but But­ler flew out to right to end that frame.

The Rams are next sched­uled to play at home ver­sus Lackey at 4:30 p.m. Tues­day. North­ern was sched­uled to play in the Arun­del High School tour­na­ment on Thurs­day and is next slated to play Hunt­ing­town at 4:30 p.m. Wed­nes­day at Dunkirk Park.

“I thought Liam did a good job to­day,” Ly­don said. “He pitched well enough to win. We didn’t give him a lot of sup­port. We had that one chance to get back into the game in the sixth and we ran our­selves out of a big in­ning. But give credit to North­ern. Their pitcher

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK McDonough High School pitcher Liam Golden de­liv­ers to the plate in the bot­tom of the first in­ning against North­ern on Tues­day af­ter­noon at Dunkirk District Park. Golden took the loss after al­low­ing three runs in five in­nings as the Pa­tri­ots up­ended the Rams 3-0 in the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence cross­over game.

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