La Plata gets re­venge

War­riors down McDonough for sev­enth straight win

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

Since suf­fer­ing a 4-3 loss on April 8 on a walk-off at McDonough the La Plata base­ball team has been a hot streak.

In Mon­day’s South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Po­tomac Divi­sion re­match La Plata had the up­per hand this time, earn­ing an 8-5 vic­tory over the Rams on se­nior day.

After Mon­day’s win, La Plata (10-5, 6-2 SMAC Po­tomac) was tied with McDonough (12-3, 6-2) for the top spot in the divi­sion. The War­riors have two sched­uled games re­main­ing in the reg­u­lar sea­son, at 4:30 p.m. to­day at West­lake at 4:30 p.m. Fri­day ver­sus St. Charles at Lau­rel Springs Re­gional Park in La Plata.

McDonough, which most likely wraps up its sec­ond straight divi­sion ti­tle based on tiebreaker cri­te­ria un­less they suf­fer an­other divi­sion loss, took on St. Charles on Tues­day and will play Lackey in a sched­uled divi­sion con­test at 4:30 p.m. to­day then play the Charg­ers again on Fri­day in a non­di­vi­sion matchup to cap off the reg­u­lar sea­son.

La Plata, which out­hit McDonough 12-8 on Mon­day, broke a 5-5 tie in the bot­tom of the fifth as James Bruce scored on ground­out by Brett Pilk­er­ton. McDonough re­liever Kyle Wed­ding got the loss after giv­ing up that run when the game was tied with one out.

La Plata put two more runs on the board in the sixth off of new Rams re­liever Sean Joseph on a two-out RBI triple to deep cen­ter by ju­nior Nick Steury and Jar­rod Sch­mitz fol­lowed with an RBI sin­gle.

In the top of the sev­enth, McDonough loaded the bases with one out, but sopho­more pitcher Dean Kirby struck out Tommy Wil­ley for the sec­ond out and then got Wed­ding to pop out to third base­man Sch­mitz to end the game and pick up the save.

“It is nice to see the ev­ery­one con­trib­ute on se­nior day against a good team and it is a pos­i­tive thing for the pro­gram,” La Plata head coach John Childers said. “This is a char­ac­ter build­ing win for us and we found a way to get it done to­day. It wasn’t pretty, but we did it. We been rolling and play­ing as a team since the last time we lost to [McDonough].”

Fresh­man start­ing pitcher Ryan Calvert got the win as he threw five in­nings, al­low­ing just three earned runs on six hits with seven strike­outs, He also walked three bat­ters.

“This gives us some mo­men­tum to fin­ish up the week and get ready for the [Class 2A South Re­gion] play­offs,” said Calvert, who also had two hits and two RBIs on the day. “McDonough has good hit­ters up and down and were work­ing the counts. I just wanted to at­tack the zone and let my de­fense made a play on it.”

La Plata took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first on a two-out RBI sin­gle by Ryan Bar­nett and Wed­ding came around to score the sec­ond run on an er­ror.

In the bot­tom of the first, McDonough starter Brant But­ler got into early trou­ble, walk­ing Pilk­er­ton to lead off the in­ning and giv­ing up back-to-back sin­gles to Jake Hanks and Quinn Krahling (3 hits in the con­test) to load the bases.

But­ler, who lasted just one in­ning, then walked Calvert as Kirby, the courtesy run­ner for Pilk­er­ton, came around to score.

With two outs in the in­ning, Bruce sin­gled in Hanks to tie the game at 2.

La Plata scored two runs to in the sec­ond to go up 4-2 on back-to-back one-out RBI sin­gles by Krahling and Calvert. In the fourth, Hanks belted a one-out solo home run over the left-field wall to push the War­riors lead to 5-2.

“The home run to­day was ex­hil­a­rat­ing, but I loved how our team strung to­gether hits and with the de­fense be­hind Ryan and Dean you can’t ask for more,” said Hanks, who led the War­riors with a 3 for 3 day at the plate. “McDonough is a solid team and we played our hearts out. The last time we played them it was a tough out­ing. It was awe­some feel­ing to get the win this time.”

McDonough, which used five dif­fer­ent pitch­ers in the game, did not go away as Joseph scored on an er­ror to cut the lead to 5-3. Then with two outs and the bases loaded, Ken­drick Musser drove in two runs on a sin­gle to right to tie the game.

“We wanted to win the game, but our key hit­ters just didn’t come through to­day,” McDonough head coach Mike Ly­don said. “We were just go­ing through the mo­tions and we had op­por­tu­ni­ties to score a lot of runs, but we left run­ners on base. Our goal was to win our divi­sion and we want to win [1A North] the re­gion and states.”

Bar­nett led the Rams with three hits and two RBIs.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

Mem­bers of the La Plata War­riors base­ball team sur­round home plate after Jake Hanks’ solo home run in the bot­tom of the fourth in­ning of Mon­day’s 8-5 win over vis­it­ing McDonough.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata fresh­man starter Ryan Calvert threw five in­nings, al­low­ing just three earned runs on six hits with seven strike­outs in a 8-5 win over the vis­it­ing McDonough Rams on Mon­day.

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