Clip­pers rally, beat the Li­ons

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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.

PHOTO BY DAVID INSLEY

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.

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