Sabres strike early en route to a blowout
EASTON — Two outs to start an at-bat didn’t bother the Sabres, Friday afternoon, at the Talbot County Community Center Sports Complex.
Starting with two outs in the first and second innings, Saints Peter and Paul High’s baseball team scored three runs in each inning on its way to an 11-2 victory over Concordia Prep.
SSPP’s Aubrey Perry allowed two runs on one hit and four walks in five innings on the mound to earn the win.
Perry (three runs), Sam Wiesman, Connor Quade, and Brooks Hoffman (three RBIs) each stroked a pair of hits for the Sabres, who improved to 6-7 overall, 6-4 in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference.
“Much better than yesterday [a 2-1 loss to Indian Creek],” Sabres head coach Christopher Scott said. “We were popping it up yesterday and we had much straighter hits today. He’s a freshman [Perry], so he’s been a good addition. We’ve been pretty good [defensively]; we’ve had a lot of improvement over last year.”
Against Concordia, SSPP committed only one harmless error.
Helped by shaky outfield play by the Saints throughout the game, the Sabres’ offense got started when Wiesman doubled to left field. Connor Quade drew a walk off Saints starter Brice Gregory. Perry then delivered an RBI single up the middle. Hoffman followed with a line-drive base hit to right to knock in two more runs for a 3-0 lead.
Concordia (7-6, 6-6) got a run back in the top of the second without a hit. Andrew Stephens walked, stole second, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Gregory, and scored on Andrew Hoffman’s sacrifice fly.
After a strikeout-pickoff for the first two outs in the home second, James Hastings walked. He scored all the way from first on a linedrive single up the middle by Cole Koski and a two-base error. Wiesman launched a double into the left-center gap to score Koski. Wiesman then scored on Quade’s single to right to make it 6-1.
Perry had a no-hitter going through four innings but allowed his fourth walk, the third to start an inning, to begin the fifth. Concordia’s Andrew Hoffman, who walked, stole second and came home on a soft-lined base hit to right by Marlon Smith. That run, though, ended the Saints’ scoring.
Koski pitched two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts for the Sabres. Andrew Hoffman doubled in the seventh, but was picked off second base for the game’s final out.
The Sabres added a run in the fourth, two in the fifth, and two more in the sixth to complete their scoring.
Koski produced a run without a hit in the fourth. He walked, stole second and third, and scored on an errant throw, which put SSPP up 7-1.
Perry doubled into the left-center gap to open the Sabres’ fifth. He stole third
Saints Peter and Paul High’s Aubrey Perry delivers during the Sabres’ 11-2 victory over Concordia Prep last Friday afternoon.