Set­tling in

Lo­cal un­der­class­men take part in MSABC show­case game

Maryland Independent - - SPORTS - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

BOWIE — By the time he fi­nally got into Tues­day af­ter­noon’s Mary­land State As­so­ci­a­tion of Baseball Coaches Fan­tas­tic Frosh Su­per Soph Show­case at Prince Ge­orge’s Sta­dium, ris­ing La Plata sopho­more Ryan Calvert had been sit­ting in the third-base dugout for quite a while.

“It was hard get­ting loose since I sat the first seven [in­nings] and pitched the eighth and ninth,” said Calvert, who pitched for the South team in the game. “But when I got out there it all came back to me.”

Ex­actly how long it took Calvert to get com­fort­able may have been de­bated by the op­pos­ing bat­ters from the East team, as the La Plata

pitcher struck out the first five bat­ters he faced in work­ing two score­less, hit­less in­nings to fin­ish out the game. He also earned the win, as the South scored the win­ning run on an RBI sin­gle by ris­ing Leonard­town sopho­more Matt Bo­browski in the top of the ninth to snare a 10-9 de­ci­sion.

Bat­ting in the No. 3 slot in the South team’s lineup, Bo­browski en­joyed a stel­lar day at the plate. The Leonard­town in­fielder went 4 for 4 with two runs scored, four RBIs and a pair of stolen bases.

“I felt good out there. This was a fun experience,” he said. “Com­ing into this I was just like, ‘Let’s go out and play baseball.’ I had some nice hits. It was a fun day.”

The South team jumped out to an 7-0 lead by the mid­dle of the fourth, but its East coun­ter­parts stormed back to even­tu­ally surge to a 9-8 lead at the end of seven. But the South scored runs in the eighth and ninth to leave the field with brag­ging rights.

“It was a lot of fun play­ing with all the best fresh­men and sopho­mores

in the state as they come to­gether,” said Bryce Les­lie, a ris­ing ju­nior at North­ern. “It was a lot of fun out there and a learn­ing experience for me, for sure.”

Bo­browski got things started in the top of the first when he sin­gled with two outs and later scooted across the plate with the game’s first run on Josh Ol­sufka’s tworun hit.

The South led 2-0 un­til the top of the fourth when it ex­ploded for five more runs. Ris­ing Hunt­ing­town sopho­more Cy Har­wood walked and scored in the in­ning, while Bo­browski de­liv­ered a two-run sin­gle and later scored on Ol­sufka’s triple.

The East squad fi­nally cracked the score­board with a run in the bot­tom of the fifth, but the South an­swered right back with a run in the top of the sixth. Bo­browski again fac­tored in when he beat out an in­field sin­gle with two outs to push Daniel El­liott across the plate to ex­tend the South’s lead to 8-1.

But the lead evap­o­rated over the next cou­ple of in­nings, as the East scored five runs in the sixth and three more in the eighth to jump ahead by a run. In the top of the eighth, Gadot Gask­ins drew a one-out walk and moved to sec­ond on a sin­gle by

Nick Burch, a ris­ing ju­nior at Leonard­town, be­fore scor­ing the ty­ing run on a ground­out.

An in­ning later, Bo­browski sin­gled home Ryan Looper with two outs to put the South team ahead to stay.

Calvert, who had struck out the side in his first in­ning of work in the eighth, then sealed the win for the South with only a twoout

er­ror mar­ring what would have been a per­fect two-in­ning per­for­mance.

“It’s a good time to play with all the best kids in the state,” Calvert said, “hav­ing fun out there play­ing the game we love.”

Ris­ing Hunt­ing­town ju­nior Ryan Ter­rents also logged an in­ning on the mound for the South, strik­ing out one. Ris­ing North­ern ju­nior Mar­cus Lee

those fish­ing with cut alewife on the bot­tom.

“Ec­static” is an un­der­state­ment when it comes to how to the guides at Life Out­doors Un­lim­ited are feel­ing now that the clo­sure ar­eas are opened up to bass fish­ing.

Ag­gres­sive fish are de­liv­er­ing ab­so­lutely jolt­ing strikes to top­wa­ters, spin­ner­baits and chat­ter­baits, and LOU guide Jason Shay (717507-4377) said they “all but ripped the rod” out of his hand on his most re­cent fish­ing trip.

Week­ends at the lake can be busy boat and jet-ski traf­fic days, but dur­ing the week an­glers can find lots of will­ing bass near float­ing docks. Min­nows will catch yel­low perch and wall­eye hold­ing near deep grass edges. And, for the kids, bluegill, bass and wall­eye will take a bit of nightcrawler or a cricket un­der a bob­ber. Sang was also in uni­form for the South squad, but did not pitch in the game.

For Bo­browski, be­ing able to play on the same side as some of his ri­vals from the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence made for an en­joy­able day.

“I played against some of these dudes. They’re pretty good, too. It’s fun play­ing with them,” he said. “I can get on their

some slip bob­bers and head for a bridge like Stubbs or Hol­la­day Mill and fish from 7 to 9 a.m. for your limit.

The SCCA fleet re­ports that spot are be­gin­ning to show up in bet­ter num­bers in our area this week. Drum Point and Sec­ond Beach by Lit­tle Cove Point are good places to fish. Rock­fish are co­op­er­at­ing at the LNG fa­cil­ity and near Cedar Point.

The first white mar­lin of the sea­son was caught last Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to Larry Jock of the Coastal Fish­er­man. Dave Tay­lor of West Ocean City hooked it on a bal­ly­hoo with a pink skirt in 70 fath­oms on the north end of the Poor Man’s Canyon.

An­glers are find­ing keeper floun­der just about ev­ery­where, in the West Chan­nel, at the Old Grounds and from the 2nd Street bulk­head. There are de­cent num­bers of red drum in the bay.

Tip of the week

chops if we beat them. They get on mine if we lost to them dur­ing the sea­son.”

Sev­eral SMAC play­ers were se­lected to play in Wed­nes­day’s MSABC Fu­tures game, as well. Ris­ing Patux­ent se­niors Sayo Kin­tunde, Ma­son Calvert and Tan­ner Zinn were all listed on the South ros­ter for the game, as was ris­ing Chop­ti­con ju­nior Charles Bur­roughs.

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

La Plata ris­ing sopho­more Ryan Calvert pitched two score­less, hit­less in­nings for the South team in the MSABC Fan­tas­tic Frosh Su­per Soph Show­case at Prince Ge­orge’s Sta­dium in Bowie on Tues­day af­ter­noon. Calvert picked up the win in the South’s 10-9 vic­tory.

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