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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

lead.

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

@Dustin_S­tarDem.

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