La Plata base­ball run-rules Lackey in sec­tion semi­fi­nals

La Plata base­ball run-rules Lackey in 2A South sec­tion semi­fi­nals

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Af­ter cap­tur­ing last year’s Class 2A South Re­gion cham­pi­onship en route to a state crown, the La Plata base­ball team em­barked on its jour­ney of the re­gional play­offs once again on Mon­day as it hosted fourth-seeded Lackey in the 2A South Sec­tion I semi­fi­nals.

Be­hind stel­lar pitch­ing and timely hit­ting, the War­riors, the top seed in the sec­tion, al­lowed just one hit for the en­tire game and scored 11 runs in the first two in­nings en route to a 14-0, five-in­ning vic­tory over the Charg­ers.

With high hopes of re­peat­ing with re­gion and state ti­tles to this sea­son, La Plata (13-5 over­all) won its 10th straight game and ad­vanced to host Tues­day’s sec­tion fi­nal against third-seeded Patux­ent. The Pan­thers de­feated sec­ond-seeded Calvert 4-2 in Mon­day’s other sec­tion semi­fi­nal.

The win­ner of Tues­day’s con­test ad­vanced to Fri­day’s re­gional cham­pi­onship game to take on the win­ner of the Sec­tion II fi­nal.

“Not a lot to com­plain about. Our pitch­ing and de­fense was real good. With three po­ten­tial games this week the guys were fo­cused to­day,” La Plata head coach John Childers said. “When we hit like we did to­day we are tough to beat. Hope­fully the rest of the week goes well for us.”

The War­riors, who had 11 hits in the game, scored two runs in the first in­ning on a one-out RBI sin­gle by fresh­man Ryan Calvert and, three bat­ters later with the bases loaded, Calvert scored on a Nick Steury fielder’s choice.

La Plata had its big­gest in­ning in the sec­ond as 14 bat­ters come to the plate with nine runs scored on six hits and four walks.

Of­fen­sively, Brett Pilk­er­ton had two hits, in­clud­ing an RBI dou­ble with a walk. Calvert col­lected two RBI sin­gles in the game. Jar­rod Sch­mitz fin­ished with two hits, in­clud­ing a two-run sin­gle, with two walks. Jake Hanks had a two-run dou­ble and am RBI walk, while Matt Sch­noor had a RBI sin­gle and was hit by a pitch in the game. Pey­tyn Gray also added an RBI walk and a sin­gle in the game.

“There are no off days

now and it is a grind from here on out, no tak­ing it easy,” Hanks said. “This is the play­offs. Win or go home.”

La Plata used three dif­fer­ent pitch­ers as Sch­mitz, the starter on the day, picked up the win, go­ing two in­nings with two strike­outs and a walk.

“This is just one more step closer to where we want to be,” said Sch­mitz, a ju­nior. “We are play­ing for each other and have been play­ing well. We have to keep it up.”

Lackey (3-16) got its lone hit of the game in the top of the fourth on a dou­ble by Seth Wein­gar­den.

“La Plata is the de­fend­ing state cham­pi­ons and are al­ways good,” said Lackey head coach Ti­mothy McGlenn, whose team de­feated fifth-seed Westlake 9-5 in Fri­day’s sec­tion quar­ter­fi­nals. “We had some mis­takes on the de­fen­sive side of the ball and that has been the story of our sea­son. We just haven’t been able to ex­e­cute.”

La Plata soft­ball beats Stone to ad­vance

Over in soft­ball, top-seeded La Plata de­feated fifth-seeded Thomas Stone 8-1 on Mon­day in the sec­tion semi­fi­nals and ad­vances to take on sec­ond-seed Calvert in the sec­tion fi­nal sched­uled for 4 p.m. to­day.

La Plata sopho­more pitcher Ava Krahling tossed a com­plete game, strik­ing out six bat­ters, while al­low­ing just one run on three hits with a walk.

Ash­ley Mitchell led the way for the de­fend­ing 2A state cham­pion War­riors with three hits in the game, while Jayci Cham­ber­lain fin­ished with two hits. Krahling, Han­nah Kraft and Sierra Cham­ber­lain also strung to­gether hits in the win.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata’s Pey­tyn Gray gets tagged out at home plate by Lackey catcher Travis Bradley in the bot­tom of the third in­ning on Mon­day in the Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I base­ball semi­fi­nals. The War­riors won the con­test in five in­nings, 14-0.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata fresh­man Ryan Calvert slides into sec­ond base as Lackey’s Bobby Tip­ton looks to make the catch in the bot­tom of the first in­ning in Mon­day’s Class 2A South Re­gion Sec­tion I base­ball semi­fi­nals. La Plata won the game 14-0 in five in­nings.

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