Black Sox jump on Bay­hawks early

Nutter belts two home runs in CHASM vic­tory

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com

In a Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Base­ball League makeup game played two days be­fore the July 4th In­de­pen­dence Day cel­e­bra­tion, Black Sox first base­man Chris Nutter sup­plied most of the fire­works as his team up­ended the Bay­hawks, 9-2, on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rain­bow Con­struc­tion Field in La Plata.

The Black Sox (5-10 over­all) scored two runs in each of the first three in­nings and added three more runs in the fifth cour­tesy of Nutter’s sec­ond blast of the day and start­ing pitcher Ryan Kessecker lim­ited the Bay­hawks (6-6) to one un­earned run in five in­nings on the hill to get the win. Re­liever Char­lie Richard­son al­lowed one run in two in­nings of re­lief in a non­save sit­u­a­tion.

“That first one their pitcher [Austin Mitchell] went away on a 1-2 pitch, so I thought he was go­ing to go out there again on 2-2,” said Nutter, a 2008 Lackey High School grad­u­ate who is cur­rently in his eighth sea­son in CHASM. “I wasn’t sure I got all of it, but it kept car­ry­ing and fi­nally went out. That sec­ond one, I knew he threw a pitch right down the mid­dle and I got all of it.”

Kessecker, a 2007 Thomas Stone High School grad­u­ate who later played for Mont­gomery Com­mu­nity Col­lege, lim­ited the Bay­hawks to one un­earned run on three hits and two walks while fan­ning five bat­ters in five com­plete in­nings of

work to get the win. Kessecker cred­ited the of­fen­sive and de­fen­sive sup­port he re­ceived as the key com­po­nents in the vic­tory.

“It def­i­nitely makes it a lot eas­ier when you got out there with a 4-0 and 6-1 lead,” Kessecker said. “Then you can just go out there and re­lax and pitch. My third base­man, Brett Ir­win, and my short­stop, Tyler Cro­son, both made some great de­fen­sive plays to­day. It’s a lot eas­ier to pitch when you know the de­fense be­hind you is that good.”

The Black Sox scored two runs in the bot­tom of the first in­ning on a two-out rally aided by the Bay­hawks’ first er­ror of the day. Tyler Simms worked Mitchell for a walk, then Ir­win sin­gled to cen­ter. Catcher Billy Hen­nessey then fol­lowed with a sin­gle down the right-field line that scored Simms easily and Ir­win scored when right fielder Marty Boni­fant mis­played the ball.

The Black Sox added two more runs in the bot­tom of the sec­ond when Nutter led off with a sin­gle past short, then Cro­son had a two-out sin­gle. With run­ners on first and third, Kessecker helped his own cause with an op­po­site field

triple into the right field cor­ner that plated Nutter and Cro­son for a 4-0 lead.

The Bay­hawks got an un­earned run in the top of the third when a throw­ing er­ror by Hen­nessey al­lowed Con­nor Cox to score, but the Black Sox im­me­di­ately coun­tered with two runs on Nutter’s first homer of the day. Nutter sent a 2-ball, 2-strike Mitchell pitch to­ward right-cen­ter and ini­tially ap­peared to be a rou­tine fly ball, but the ball car­ried and reached the woods in right cen­ter.

Staked to a com­fort­able 6-1 lead, Kessecker lim­ited the Bay­hawks to just one hit dur­ing his last two in­nings of work and Nutter pro­vided con­sid­er­able

in­surance in the bot­tom of the fifth. With Simms and Hen­nessey aboard af­ter each were is­sued a walk, Nutter sent the pitch he saw from re­liever Trevor Burch over the fence in straight­away cen­ter for a three­run blast.

The Bay­hawks man­aged one run against Black Sox re­liever Richard­son in the top of the sixth. Cox — who recorded five put-outs while play­ing cen­ter field on Sun­day and made three su­perb div­ing catches to rob Black Sox play­ers of cer­tain base hits — walked, took sec­ond on a grounder and third on a wild pitch and scored on an­other wild pitch.

Richard­son fanned the next Bay­hawks bat­ter to end the sixth and struck out the first two bat­ters he faced in the sev­enth be­fore re­tir­ing Cox on a grounder to end the game.

Four nights ear­lier, the Black Sox led un­beaten St. Mary’s 6-2 un­til one of their play­ers suf­fered an in­jury that prompted the Black Sox to for­feit the con­test due to not be­ing able to field the min­i­mum num­ber of play­ers.

“We have a few new play­ers and a new at­ti­tude,” said Black Sox man­ager Gar­nell Young. “We strug­gled through the first half of the sea­son, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you fin­ish.”

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Black Sox first base­man Chris Nutter, left, is greeted by team­mates Tyler Simms, Mike Bowie and Austin Wizen­burg at home plate in the bot­tom of the fifth in­ning af­ter Nutter belted his sec­ond home run of the con­test, a three-run shot that cat­a­pulted the Black Sox to a 9-2 vic­tory over the Bay­hawks in a Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Base­ball League makeup game on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rain­bow Con­struc­tion Field in La Plata.

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