La Plata pow­ers past St. Mary’s in Le­gion baseball

Drum­mond’s clutch hit sends Le­gion baseball team to win

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­news.com

Af­ter not play­ing in over a week, La Plata Le­gion Post 82 started out slowly against host St. Mary’s Ridge Post 255, but the baseball team got go­ing and ended up with a con­vinc­ing 8-1 win Satur­day night at Chan­cel­lor’s Run Re­gional Park in Great Mills.

La Plata (8-5-2 over­all) snapped a 2-2 tie with a four-run fifth in­ning and cruised to their sixth win over its last eight games.

“We’ve had a week off so we were a lit­tle rusty early, but they swung the bats well early but right at ev­ery­body,” said La Plata as­sis­tant coach Mark Calvert who was fill­ing in for head coach Kevin Har­ris. “It was a good de­fen­sive game we played. A pretty clean game, so I’m very pleased.”

“We had good pitch­ing all game and we knew even­tu­ally we’d get some [more] runs, though we didn’t think it would be as late as the fifth in­ning,” said Trevor Drum­mond, who had the clutch hit in the fifth. “But we put a cou­ple runs to­gether and fin­ished it off with some great pitch­ing. It was an al­laround good game for every­one.”

La Plata held a 2-1 lead head­ing into the fifth when Dy­lan Bell walked, Dean Kirby sin­gled and Brett Pilk­er­ton walked to load the bases. Brant But­ler plated a run on a fielder’s choice and, with two outs, Drum­mond lashed a dou­ble to score two more runs and later scored on Nick Steury’s base hit.

“I was just look­ing for some­thing I could drive, some­thing gap-to-gap, some­thing far and hard,” said Drum­mond, a ris­ing se­nior at McDonough High

School. “[St. Mary’s pitcher Zack Stan­ford] gave me a knee-high pitch in­side and I felt I could hit it well.”

“That will take the salt out of any team,” St. Mary’s head coach Don DeGraves said. “We left a lot of runs on be­fore they worked us over in that in­ning.”

Calvert said Drum­mond’s hit “opened it up. That gave us two runs and then we scored two more. That was the big one be­cause ev­ery time we play these guys it’s a tough game.”

La Plata opened the scor­ing in the first when Brett Pilk­er­ton reached on a one-out in­field hit and later scored on an er­ror.

St. Mary’s tied the game in the bot­tom of the frame when lead­off hit­ter Con­nor Cox reached on an er­ror, stole sec­ond and scored when An­drew Dameron lined a one-out sin­gle to left.

St. Mary’s later loaded the bases but would get

just the one run. It would also fill the bags in the sec­ond and third and had two on on the fourth but failed to push across a run. St. Mary’s was 0 for 5 with three strike­outs with the bags full and was 1 for 10 with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.

“I think the ob­vi­ous part is we had peo­ple on base through­out the lineup,” DeGraves said, “but af­ter they were on base we couldn’t get any­thing done.”

“We got a lot of base run­ners on and stranded a lot of them,” said Cox, a ris­ing sopho­more at Westminster Col­lege (Pa.) who reached base four times. “That’s a big prob­lem, so ob­vi­ously we have to work on that.”

La Plata added sin­gle runs in each of the sixth and sev­enth on an er­ror and an RBI by Zachary Har­ris, re­spec­tively.

Ryan Calvert went five in­nings for La Plata and al­lowed a run on four hits,

all sin­gles. He also struck out eight and walked five. Jerod Sch­mitz tossed the last two in­nings and struck out four, in­clud­ing the last three of the game.

“I wish I’d thrown a lot more strikes than I did, but it was good,” said Calvert, a ris­ing fresh­man at La Plata High School who threw a steady diet of fast­balls with the oc­ca­sional cut­ter mixed in. “I just worked out of the jams. It was im­por­tant [to keep go­ing] be­cause I knew we were go­ing to hit at some point.”

“He threw well, he threw ex­cep­tion­ally hard and I think he over­threw at times and got be­hind at times, but over­all good job,” Mark Calvert said. “He got into some tough sit­u­a­tions but was able to get him­self out of it. He was not as ef­fi­cient as we’d like to see, but he had sone re­ally good stuff and good ve­loc­ity.”

Stan­ford gave up seven hits and walked three in five in­nings in his first start in al­most three weeks. Hunter Rooney al­lowed a run on four hits and fanned four in re­lief.

“It was the first time in a while [I’d pitched], but it went well,” Stan­ford said.

DeGraves said he’s not dis­ap­pointed in his team’s play.

“I think this game is typ­i­cal of where we’ve been all year,” he said fol­low­ing a lengthy pause. “De­fen­sively we’ve been OK, of­fen­sively we’ve come up short with some hits. We haven’t taken ad­van­tage where other clubs have, [but] I think they’re play­ing a good ball­game.”

“Hon­estly, no,” Cox said when asked if he was happy with his teams play. “We’ve made it to states the last two years and it’s been a drop-off year, but we can turn it around and we have the po­ten­tial to turn it around. It’s not too late.”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

La Plata’s Brett Pilk­er­ton fouls off a pitch in the first in­ning of an 8-1 win over St. Mary’s in Amer­i­can Le­gion baseball on Satur­day night at Chan­cel­lor’s Run Re­gional Park in Great Mills.

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

La Plata’s Ryan Calvert al­lowed one run on four hits, all sin­gles, and struck out eight in five in­nings in an 8-1 win over St. Mary’s in Amer­i­can Le­gion baseball on Satur­day night at Chan­cel­lor’s Run Re­gional Park in Great Mills.

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