La Plata downs Calvert in Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball

La Plata run-rules Calvert in Amer­i­can Le­gion con­test

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By ANDY STATES as­tates@somd­news.com

Of­fi­cially, La Plata Post 82 was the vis­it­ing team on its home field at La Plata High School in its Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball game against Calvert on Tues­day night.

Vis­i­tors or not, the La Plata club felt right at home, rolling up 12 runs to top Calvert 12-2 in six in­nings.

De­spite the 12-run out­put, La Plata did not ex­actly knock the cover off the ball, pro­duc­ing just seven base hits in game. But com­bined with 10 walks and a few Calvert mis­cues in the field, it turned into a busy night on the bases for the “vis­it­ing” La Plata team.

“My guys stayed in the game,” La Plata head coach David Har­ris said. “They got off to a slow start. We put up two runs up in the first in­ning but didn’t put any more up the next in­ning. But they were pa­tient at the plate and took what the pitcher gave them. They took their walks, got on base and then we con­tin­ued to put the ball in play. When you put the ball in play, com­bined with the walks, you’ll score some runs.”

La Plata put two runs on the board on Nick Steury’s two-run, twoout sin­gle in the top of the first. Calvert (1-10) cut the deficit in half in the in­ning’s bot­tom half when Davaughn Reid led off with a dou­ble and even­tu­ally scored on a ground­out.

Af­ter leav­ing the bases full in the sec­ond, the vis­i­tors ex­tended their lead to 7-1 with a five-run third in­ning that fea­tured only one base hit. Calvert got one back in the bot­tom of the fourth, but La Plata plated five more runs in the top of the sixth to ul­ti­mately bring the game to its mercy-rule end at the con­clu­sion of the sixth. Zachary Har­ris de­liv­ered an RBI dou­ble for La Plata in the sixth, while Dy­lan Bell con­trib­uted a tworun sin­gle to ac­count for the game’s fi­nal two runs.

“I was just try­ing to drive the ball,” Har­ris said of his dou­ble, a scream­ing shot down the left-field line. “I haven’t hit the ball in a while, so I was just try­ing to get a de­cent hit on the ball.”

Har­ris also started on

the mound for La Plata, work­ing five ef­fi­cient in­nings of two-run ball. He sur­ren­dered four hits, walked one and struck out four.

“I was just try­ing to throw strikes and let them hit the ball,” he said. “My de­fense did pretty well be­hind me, made the plays.”

La Plata has earned a spot in the state tour­na­ment by virtue of win­ning the Frank Ri­ley League ti­tle, some­thing the club knew was a pos­si­bil­ity from the sea­son’s in­cep­tion.

“When we started the sea­son we thought we’d do good be­cause we had enough pitch­ing,” La Plata catcher Matt Sch­noor said. “The pitch­ing the whole sea­son has been in com­mand. They hit their spots and keep it down. We’ve done good.” This year’s state tour­na­ment is sched­uled for July 25 to 29 in Cum­ber­land, and un­like most years this year’s edi­tion will be a sin­gle-elim­i­na­tion af­fair. Still, the team’s front­man thought the club’s pitch­ing depth should give it a qual­ity chance to make a deep run.

“Next week we’re play­ing in the states and I think we have a good shot to go a long way,” David Har­ris said. “It’s sin­gle elim­i­na­tion, but we have a good group of pitch­ers that can keep us in ball­games at the higher lev­els. It’s go­ing to be higher-level base­ball. We’ve played a lot of top-notch, 19-U teams this sum­mer. We’re used to play­ing low-scor­ing, very com­pet­i­tive base­ball and that’s what we’ll see in the tour­na­ment. I think we can be ver y suc­cess­ful.”

In the other dugout on Tues­day, Calvert was sim­ply over­matched. The youth­ful squad had in­nings where ev­ery­thing went well and in­nings when noth­ing did. But the hope is that the group will stay to­gether and en­joy more suc­cess in the fu­ture.

“We’re a very young team,” Calvert coach Bobby Jur­ney said. “Our start­ing pitcher to­day is 15. We only lose one kid [to age] next year. We’re young and hope­fully we’re build­ing with this to hope­fully be at that level the next cou­ple of years. [La Plata is] a solid team and St. Mary’s is a solid team. They’re older. They’re more ex­pe­ri­enced and their pitch­ers throw harder. It’s the lit­tle things.”

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

Calvert’s Ed­die Har­ris slides safely back to first un­der the tag from La Plata Post 82’s Ryan Calvert dur­ing the teams’ Amer­i­can Le­gion game at La Plata High School on Tues­day night. La Plata de­feated Calvert 12-2 in six in­nings.

STAFF PHOTO BY ANDY STATES

La Plata Post 82 pitcher Zach Har­ris checks on Calvert’s Ed­die Har­ris at first base dur­ing early ac­tion in the teams’ Amer­i­can Le­gion con­test at La Plata High School on Tues­day night. Har­ris pitched five in­nings to pick up the win in La Plata’s 12-2, six-in­ning vic­tory.

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