Se­nior leads North Point base­ball to 4A East fi­nal

Za­b­ie­gal­ski tosses com­plete game as NP base­ball ral­lies to beat Chop­ti­con

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­

North Point head coach Wade Nadol­sky had all the con­fi­dence in the world in start­ing pitcher Matt Za­b­ie­gal­ski and the se­nior righthander did not dis­ap­point.

Za­b­ie­gal­ski tossed a com­plete game five-hit­ter as North Point ral­lied from be­hind to de­feat host Chop­ti­con in the Class 4A East Re­gion Sec­tion II base­ball fi­nal on Tues­day.

It’s North Point’s first-ever berth in a re­gional cham­pi­onship game.

“It couldn’t have hap­pened to a bet­ter bunch of kids,” Nadol­sky said. “They’ve worked hard all sea­son and ex­e­cuted ev­ery­thing I’ve asked them all sea­son. We’ve been in the driver’s seat on our side of the di­vi­sion for most of the year. We slipped a bit at the end but they re­bounded and we’re still go­ing.”

“It’s pretty ex­cit­ing,” said North Point in­fielder EJ Hamp­ton, who drove in the even­tual win­ning run with a fourth-in­ning dou­ble. “We just needed to stay calm, stay com­posed and just play our game, that’s re­ally all we could do.”

Za­b­ie­gal­ski added: “This is what we’ve been work­ing for. This is the far­thest we’ve gone, and we’re go­ing to keep go­ing.”

The Ea­gles (14-5 over­all) will face Sev­erna Park of Anne Arun­del County in the re­gion fi­nal at 4:30 p.m. Fri­day at Joe Can­non Sta­dium in Hanover.

“We just have to come out and ex­e­cute,” Nadol­sky said of Fri­day’s game. “Our two pitch­ers — Za­b­ie­gal­ski ad Ken­drick Creasey — are spent, so we have to come out and have a team ef­fort. Ev­ery­body’s go­ing to have to con­trib­ute.”

Za­b­ie­gal­ski was a huge part of the vic­tory as he sur­ren­dered seven sin­gles and struck out five with one walk.

“I had a good per­for­mance on the mound, but my team also came through with the hits when we needed them,” he said. “They moved [run­ners] to se­cond when we needed them to and got them across the plate. To­day was a team ef­fort.”

Af­ter Chop­ti­con scored twice in the bot­tom of the first, Za­b­ie­gal­ski set­tled in and re­tired 16 of the fi­nal 20 bat­ters.

“Matt’s a dom­i­nant pitcher. In my opin­ion, he’s prob­a­bly the best pitcher in the SMAC,” Nadol­sky said. “He’s led this team the last three years and ev­ery time I put him in a big-game sce­nario he comes out and dom­i­nates. He just comes out and does what he does and shuts them down. He pitched to con­tact; he didn’t lead


North Point se­nior Matt Za­b­ie­gal­ski tossed a com­plete game five-hit­ter, all of which were sin­gles, as the Ea­gles de­feated Chop­ti­con 4-2 in Tues­day’s Class 4A East Re­gion Sec­tion II fi­nal. He also struck out five and walked one.

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