QA’s takes ad­van­tage of sloppy Park­side, pulls away early; East ti­tle tilt vs. Fall­ston to­day

Record Observer - - Sports -

SAL­IS­BURY — No one ap­pre­ci­ated the Lions’ pa­tience at the plate Tues­day af­ter­noon more than their start­ing pitcher Aaron Rovenolt.

Rovenolt said he was “lov­ing it” as he and his team­mates col­lected free passes de­liv­ered by Park­side pitch­ers through­out their 2A East Sec­tion II fi­nal.

By the end of the third in­ning, Queen Anne’s County High’s base­ball team had scored six runs on just one hit but had taken ad­van­tage of 11 walks, a hit bat­ter, four wild pitches, and a two-run er­ror.

Rovenolt, not hav­ing his best stuff, calmly threw strikes and let his de­fense do the work, and the Lions ad­vanced to the East Re­gion fi­nal with a 7-3 vic­tory.

“My fast­ball. I couldn’t get my right ac­cu­racy down, hit my spots,” Rovenolt said. “But I bat­tled threw it. De­fense played a hell of a game be­hind me. I just tried to at­tack them and throw strikes.”

The only rea­son the game wasn’t a com­plete slaugh­ter was be­cause when the Rams threw strikes they threw re­ally good ones. Queen Anne’s struck out 12 times and left 15 run­ners stranded.

Rams starter Grant Burleson walked six in his two in­nings of work on the mound and struck out five. Re­liever Tolan Har­ri­son walked four and hit a bat­ter in the third in­ning; he struck out five in four in­nings. An­drew Smith struck out two in the sev­enth.

Rovenolt had one strike­out the en­tire game. He walked two and al­lowed only one run through the first five in­nings.

Burleson opened the game by pitch­ing seven straight balls. Trey Pin­der walked to open the game, stole se­cond and third, and scored on a wild pitch for a 1-0 Lions lead.

Park­side’s Cade John­son sin­gled up the mid­dle with one out in the bot­tom of the first to get the Rams’ of­fense go­ing. He was awarded

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