The Lions (5-5, 2-2) jumped ahead in the second. Patrick Freeman doubled and Zach Bednar singled to start the inning. Freeman scored on Luke Weddell’s fielder’s choice to second to give Queen Anne’s a 1-0
Bennett, though, followed with a strikeout, and Dylan Nepert threw out Weddell trying to steal second to end the inning.
The Colonels responded quickly in the third. Jacob Hicks singled to left and Bennett walked with one out. Zebron laced an RBI single to left to tie the score, and Bennett advanced to
third. Dylan Nepert’s sacrifice fly to center gave Colonel a 2-1 lead.
Though Colonel reached base in every inning, Queen Anne’s junior pitcher Chase Porter turned the game into a pitcher’s duel by getting key strikeouts and help from his defense, which battled several hard hit balls in a fierce wind.
In the fourth inning, with
a runner on second and one out, Porter induced two fly outs to hold the Colonels. Facing the top of the lineup in the fifth, Hicks led off with a single, but Porter calmly got two fly outs and a strikeout to end the inning.
“Every time he steps on the mound, Chase gives us a great chance to win,” said Lions head coach Chris Fitzgerald, who watched Porter carry a no-hitter into the seventh last Thursday against North Caroline. “He made a lot of big pitches with runners on base, and our defense played really well behind him.
“All and all, we played pretty good,” Fitzgerald added. “We just need to work on getting more timely hits. We keep facing Bennett, and he is an outstanding pitcher. Give him a lot of credit for the game he pitched against us. We seem to always face him, but we like the challenge. They have a great ballclub.”
Colonel stretched its lead in the sixth. Garrett Nepert singled to left and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by J.B. Buchanan. Courtesy runner Ryan Mitchell moved to third on a fly out to right.
Porter, though, was not able to stop the threat, as Remington Mangum lined a single to right to score Mitchell for a 3-1 Colonel lead.
The Colonels added another run in the seventh on Dylan Nepert’s single that scored Zebron for a 4-1 lead.
“We were fortunate enough to get the runs when we needed them,” Coach Mangum said. “We got several big hits, and put some good bunts down to advance runners.
“You had the big win yesterday and today you have to come on the road to Queen Anne’s,” Coach Mangum added. “It is tough to win here. Last year, they gave us a lot of tough competition, and today they played very well and gave us another tough game. Jaret pitched a great game and we made the plays we needed to make.”
Porter went the distance for the Lions, allowing eight hits and striking out four. Follow Caroline/ Dorchester Editor Dustin Holt on Twitter