La Plata base­ball run-rules Great Mills

Calvert throws one-hit shutout ver­sus Hor­nets

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

La Plata head base­ball coach John Childers has al­ready seen Ryan Calvert show a lot of prom­ise on the hill.

In his first-ever var­sity start he de­liv­ered a no-hit­ter on March 27 with nine strike­outs in a 7-0 win at Leonard­town.

And in the La Plata-hosted base­ball tour­na­ment on Satur­day af­ter­noon, the fresh­man start­ing pitcher was all but dom­i­nant once again, throw­ing a one-hit, nowalk, eight-strike­out per­for­mance in a 10-0, five-in­ning shutout over Great Mills.

The tour­na­ment was set to have three teams to­tal with each team play­ing twice, but Park­dale of Prince Ge­orge’s County, Childers’ alma mater, de­cided not to at­tend due to sched­ul­ing con­flicts.

La Plata is back in ac­tion at 4:30 p.m. today when it hosts St. Charles in a South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Di­vi­sion con­test.

“We needed this win be­cause we’ve strug­gled early in the sea­son and it feels good to get some wins on spring break,” said Calvert, who also had two hits — one of them a dou­ble — and two RBIs. “I just fo­cused on mix­ing up my pitches and pound­ing the zone, just throw­ing strikes to keep the hit­ters off bal­ance.”

Thus far on the sea­son, Calvert has thrown 18 2/3 in­nings with 26 strike­outs and al­lowed just one run on three hits with two shutouts in three starts. He pitched a no-de­ci­sion in a 4-3 loss at McDonough on April 8.

The War­riors (6-4 over­all), who fin­ished with 17

hits in the game, scored five runs in the third, one in the fourth and four more in the fifth to cap off the game’s scor­ing.

Af­ter los­ing four starters from a year ago, de­fend­ing Class 2A state cham­pion La Plata is work­ing on get­ting to proper form as it cur­rently is on a three-game win streak.

“We are try­ing to es­tab­lish a level of play a lot higher than we’ve had ear­lier in the sea­son and it feels good to pick up where we left off against Boys’ Latin and that is a very good base­ball team,” said Childers re­fer­ring to the 5-3 road win over the Baltito more-based pri­vate school April 12. “Be­cause we are con­tin­u­ing play crisp base­ball and our pitch­ers throw­ing strikes and our de­fense is mak­ing plays it feels re­ally good.”

Lead­ing La Plata in Satur­day’s win was sopho­more Dean Kirby, who was 4 for 4 with three RBIs, in­clud­ing a dou­ble. Se­nior Jake Hanks was 3 for 4 with a dou­ble and an RBI and two runs scored.

Brett Pilk­er­ton col­lected two hits with an RBI, in­clud­ing a triple with two runs scored. Matt Sch­noor fin­ished with two hits and an RBI and Nick Steury fin­ished with two hits and two RBIs. Quinn Krahling de­liv­ered a hit with two runs scored in the game.

“It re­mains to be seen, but I think we have plenty of tal­ent, if we play to­gether, we can play with any­body,” said Childers. “It is up to my guys to con­tinue to jell and play for each other. If we do that, it is no telling how far we can go.”

Great Mills (3-7), which used three pitch­ers in the game, took on vis­it­ing West­lake in a SMAC cross­over game on Tues­day and is sched­uled to take on host Patux­ent at 4:30 p.m. today.

“La Plata has a great pro­gram, so we know what to ex­pect when we play them,”Great Mills head coach Kevin Rodgers said. “Their pitcher came out and threw strikes and kept us off bal­ance. And a big part of the game today was that they hit and we didn’t.”

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata fresh­man start­ing pitcher Ryan Calvert picked up his sec­ond win in three starts on the hill this sea­son as he threw a one-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over vis­it­ing Great Mills in Satur­day’s La Plata base­ball tour­na­ment. Calvert struck out eight and did not walk a bat­ter.

La Plata se­nior Jake Hanks slides into sec­ond base for the dou­ble in Satur­day’s 10-0 win over vis­it­ing Great Mills at the La Plata base­ball tour­na­ment. Hanks fin­ished 3 for 4 with an RBI and two runs scored in the game. PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

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