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