Western Charles sweeps Black Sox

Reign­ing CHASM champs have won eight straight

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By TED BLACK tblack@somd­news.com Twit­ter: tblack­somds1

Af­ter cruis­ing to an 11-3 vic­tory over the Black Sox in the open­ing game of its Coors Charles & St. Mary’s County base­ball twin-bill, the Western Charles squad had to with­stand sev­eral mis­takes en route to a 5-4 vic­tory in the sec­ond game on Sun­day af­ter­noon at Rain­bow Con­struc­tion Field in La Plata.

Western Charles (17-4) ex­tended its win streak to eight games by tak­ing both games from the Black Sox (7-13) on Sun­day, although the two con­tests hardly mir­rored one an­other. Fol­low­ing a com­fort­able vic­tory in the opener and then forg­ing an early 5-0 lead in the sec­ond game, Western Charles nar­rowly es­caped a self-in­flicted col­lapse.

Af­ter Western Charles starter Mike Boyce went five in­nings, al­low­ing four runs, one earned, the reign­ing CHASM champs handed the ball to vet­eran closer Bill DeAt­ley for the fi­nal two frames. In the bot­tom of the sixth, Tyler Cro­son worked DeAt­ley for a two-out walk and Ryan Kesecker fol­lowed with a bloop sin­gle to cen­ter, but DeAt­ley was spared fur­ther dam­age when left fielder Tyler Sum­mers made a div­ing catch to rob Brett Ir­win of a bloop sin­gle.

“Ja­son Mur­ray, our cen­ter fielder, does a great job po­si­tion­ing all of us when we go out there,” said Sum­mers, who dou­bled and scored in the first and had an RBI ground­out in the sec­ond. “He told me to play close to the line and play in and that’s what I did. When [Ir­win] hit it, I had a good jump on the ball and made the play.”

In the bot­tom of the sev­enth the Black Sox could have mounted a se­ri­ous threat, but some of their trou­bles were also partly self-in­flicted. Charles Nutter led off the in­ning with a sin­gle to left, but he was then picked off first. Brad Hen­nessy fol­lowed with a sin­gle past third, stum­bled slightly when round­ing the bag and was thrown out at sec­ond at­tempt­ing for the extra base on an­other su­perb play by Sum­mers.

“That play could have gone either way,” Sum­mers said. “When he hit it, I thought he might try for sec­ond. I was able to get to the ball and turn and make a good throw to John [Ker­hes] at sec­ond base and he made a great tag. It was a bang­bang play and it was close.”

Black Sox left field Michael Bowie, who had a three-run dou­ble in the third and a solo homer in the fifth, promptly fol­lowed with a clean sin­gle up the mid­dle for the Black Sox third hit of the in­ning. But in­stead of be­ing part of a piv­otal rally it was sim­ply an af­ter­thought as the Black Sox had al­ready squan­dered two hits to start the frame on base run­ning mis­takes.

“Those are the types of games that you live for,” said Bowie, a 2010 St. John’s Col­lege High School grad­u­ate now in his third sea­son with the Black Sox. “If you don’t love games like that one, you don’t love base­ball. We could have had some more runs there, but it goes that way some­times.”

DeAt­ley then in­duced Chase Travers to hit a bouncer to­ward Ja­son Boyd at short, but Boyd mis­played the ball and Travers reached safely. Seth Don­nelly then fol­lowed by hit­ting an­other grounder to short that Boyd again mis­han­dled —his third er­ror of the game — load­ing the bases with two outs. Pinch-hit­ter Per­nell Young then fol­lowed by hit­ting an­other grounder to short and Boyd ini­tially bob­bled it, but re­cov­ered in time to force the run­ner at sec­ond for the fi­nal out.

On the heels of its lop­sided win in the opener, Western Charles started the sec­ond game as if it were ea­ger for an­other easy tally. Sum­mers opened the game with a dou­ble and Mur­ray reached on an er­ror by Nutter at first, then Boyd fol­lowed by crush­ing a Hen­nessy pitch off the fence in right cen­ter for a long two-run sin­gle.

Western Charles added a run in the sec­ond on a ground­out by Sum­mers that plated Ker­hes, who opened the frame with a bloop sin­gle and the reign­ing CHASM champs ex­tended the lead to 5-0 in the third when Chris Blondin belted a two-run homer field.

The Black Sox got back in the con­test quickly when Boyd’s first er­ror of the game pro­longed the in­ning and then Brad Hen­nessy walked on a 3-2 pitch. Bowie then sent the first pitch from Boyce off the fence in left-cen­ter for a three-run dou­ble. Two in­nings later, Bowie belted an 0-1 Boyce pitch over the fence in left-cen­ter to trim the gap to 5-4 and nei­ther team scored over the last two frames. to straight­away cen­ter

STAFF PHOTO BY TED BLACK

Western Charles first base­man Ricky Brady swings at a pitch from Black Sox hurler Jack Hen­nessy in the sec­ond game of their Charles & St. Mary’s [CHASM] base­ball league dou­ble­header on Sun­day af­ter­noon. Western Charles won both games, 11-3, and 5-4 to ex­tend its win­ning streak to eight games.

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