Clippers rally, beat the Lions
going for the Lions (0-1), slapping a bleeder up the right-field line which fell in for a hit. Anthony Marconi, squaring to bunt, pulled back two pitches later and was hit by a pitch from Bennett starter Max Taylor. Luke Weddell stroked a single to center, driving in the Lions’ first run of the season.
Aaron Rovenolt followed with a single that Bennett outfielder Steve Oscar overran, allowing Marconi and Weddell to score for a 3-0 lead, as Rovenolt cruised into second.
Rosebrock and Noah Skinner walked. With one out, Chris Crow singled to score Rovenolt. But Taylor wiggled out of a potentially bigger rally with two strikeouts to leave the bases loaded. He finished with six strikeouts.
Porter gave up a oneout walk to Taylor, but erased him a moment later when Peyton Underwood chopped into a force play at second. Brett Swift followed with an infield single to second, but that was it, as Pinder snow-coned Blake Corbin’s hard-hit liner to center field for the third out.
Queen Anne’s went 1-2-3 in the second, and then the Clippers had their big surge.
Ryan Mitchell led off with a walk. Paul Oscar, Steve’s brother, slapped a line drive that glanced off second baseman Marconi’s glove for an error. Mitchell advanced to second while Paul Oscar reached first. Garrett Southern then dropped a bunt in front of the plate and reached to load the bases.
Nine-hole hitter Zach Lauer singled to make it 4-1,. Steve Oscar’s infield hit kept the bases juiced and made it 4-2.
Taylor then lofted a sacrifice fly to center field, bringing Southern home and cutting the Queen Anne’s lead to a single run. Peyton Underwood doubled to the left of Pinder in center field, tying the game and putting two in scoring position with one out.
Swift’s sacrifice fly to Pinder in center plated Steve Oscar for a 5-4 Bennett lead. Blake Corbin’s chopper to short looked like a potential inning-ending ground out, but it was dropped at first for the second Lion miscue of the inning. Underwood scored putting the hosts up 6-4. Mitchell’s fielder’s choice ended the inning.
Queen Anne’s closed to a single run in the top of the third, when Rosebrock walked, stole two bases, and scored on a Porter grounder to third.
But the Clippers got the run back in the bottom of that inning, Paul Oscar hitting a lead-off single and scoring on his brother’s single to left three batters later.
“They hit the ball well, too, I thought Bennett did,” Fitzgerald said. “They made good contact, swung hard. They’re a good team.”
“Queen Anne has a nice team,” Bennett 13-year skipper Jay Fenoglietto said. “We limited big plays, and errors, and strung some hits together. (It’s a) job to manufacture a few runs. (We) pitched and played good all around. Liked the offense.”
Bennett reliever Travis Adams (1-0), who got the win, got Taylor out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the fourth with a 5-2 force play at the dish, and a strikeout. He went 2 innings, and fanned five, allowing no hits or walks and facing the minimum of eight hitters.
Aaron Combs pitched a 1-2-3 top of the seventh, striking out the last two Lion batters, to pick up the save.
Bennett visits Stephen Decatur Wednesday, while the Lions play at North Caroline. Both games are scheduled for 4 p.m. starts. Sts. Peter & Paul 15,
Key School 4 EASTON — Aubrey Perry struck out five in three innings, and went 4 for 4 with a double and triple, as Saints Peter and Paul (1-1, 1-0 Mar yland Interscholastic Athletic Association C Conference) won in five innings.
Connor Quade, who struck out five, finished the game from the mound for the Sabres. Brooks Hoffman went 3 for 4 with two doubles and three runs. Wesley Stallings added three hits to the Sabres’ attack. Cole Mister singled twice, while Ryan Freeman, Sam Weisman, and Evan LaPointe scored.
Queen Anne’s County High leadoff hitter Trey Pinder slaps a base hit to right during the first inning of Monday’s game at James M. Bennett. The single started a four-run rally.