Sabres strike early en route to a blowout

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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

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Saints Peter and Paul High’s Aubrey Perry de­liv­ers dur­ing the Sabres’ 11-2 vic­tory over Con­cor­dia Prep last Fri­day af­ter­noon.

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