Winning on the di­a­mond

North Point soft­ball, La Plata base­ball teams earn di­vi­sion wins

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­

North Point head soft­ball coach Tony Jones said that Fri­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence con­test ver­sus La Plata was the best de­fen­sive game that he has wit­nessed this sea­son.

Be­hind start­ing pitcher Bri­anna Baker and stout de­fense, all that was needed was one run as the vis­it­ing Ea­gles shut out the War­riors 1-0.

In the top of the third with one out, Baker hit a hard shot to the short­stop and was thrown out at first base. How­ever, Katie Delph, who was at third base, scored once Baker was thrown out for the only run of the game.

Baker struck out five bat­ters, while La Plata starter Ava Krahling struck out nine.

North Point (8-3, 6-1 SMAC Po­tomac), which is on a fourgame win streak, has al­lowed just one run in each of its last three games. The Ea­gles are one game ahead of McDonough (7-4, 5-1) for the top spot in the di­vi­sion. The two teams were sched­uled to face each other at North Point on Mon­day, but it was post­poned to 4:30 p.m. Thurs­day due to in­clement weather. North Point is sched­uled to host Lackey at 4:30 p.m. to­day.

Jones said that Me­gan Bruce made a div­ing stop to pre­vent a ball from go­ing into the out­field and from her knees threw out the base run­ner for the game’s fi­nal out.

“It was a great win and the best de­fen­sive game all year,” he said.

La Plata (4-7, 4-3), which came off a 3-1 win over St. Charles last week, left seven run­ners on base. The War­riors are sched­uled to host Thomas Stone at 4:30 p.m. to­day.

“It was a great game be­tween two very good pitch­ers,” War­riors head coach Dave Krahling said. “We had our chances we left too many run­ners on base.”

The La Plata base­ball team cruised to a 10-1 win over vis­it­ing North Point in a di­vi­sion matchup Fri­day, aveng­ing back-to-back losses of 9-1 in a March 29 di­vi­sion game and 5-1 on April 4 in a non­di­vi­sion con­test.

La Plata (8-5, 4-2), which

col­lected 11 hits in the game, led 5-0 af­ter three in­nings and pushed across two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth to cap of the scor­ing.

It was the War­riors’ fifth win in a row since losing to McDonough in walk-off fash­ion on April 8, 4-3. La Plata was sched­uled to host The Heights of Mont­gomery County on Mon­day, but the game post­poned due to in­clement weather and are set to be back in ac­tion at 4:30 p.m. to­day at Patux­ent.

Fresh­man start­ing pitcher Ryan Calvert got the win as he threw six in­nings and struck out five bat­ters, al­low­ing just one run on four hits with two walks.

Se­nior Jake Hanks spear­headed the La Plata of­fense, fin­ish­ing 3 for 4 with three RBIs, in­clud­ing a home run and a triple. He also scored three runs.

Calvert, Matt Sch­noor and Pey­tyn Gray each had two hits in the win.

“It was a huge win be­cause it showed our play­ers how much we’ve grown as a team and how good we can be when we play to­gether,” La Plata head coach John Childers said.

North Point starter Ken­drick Creasey struck out six bat­ters and walked four in five in­nings of work.

The Ea­gles (9-3, 5-1) were sched­uled to host McDonough on Mon­day, but the game was post­poned to 4:30 p.m. Thurs­day due to in­clement weather. Be­fore that, North Point is sched­uled to visit Lackey at 4:30 p.m. to­day.

North Point is ahead of McDonough (10-2, 4-1) in the di­vi­sion stand­ings by one game.

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