Winning on the diamond
North Point softball, La Plata baseball teams earn division wins
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.