Century overpowering in win, draws closer to league title in baseball
Born, Will combine for 4 HRs, 10 RBIs to spearhead rout of Westminster
“We’ve always been hitting … especially here. I mean, it’s a short porch, but we use it to our advantage.”
Jared Lamb pounded his fist into his glove as he walked off the mound in the first inning, the Century pitcher visibly upset with his performance early in Saturday’s game against rival Westminster.
The Knights trailed after one-half inning, and Lamb wasn’t happy with his lack of control. The senior didn’t worry for too long, though — Century had a home game, on a windy, cloudless afternoon. Offense seemed just around the corner. And it was.
The Knights responded with seven runs in their half of the first and pulled away for a 15-3 victory, moving closer to clinching the Carroll County Athletic League title.
Shortstop Matt Born and first baseman Brandon Will, both seniors, powered the Knights’ attack. They hit two home runs apiece and combined for five hits, five runs and 10 RBIs.
Senior outfielder Joe Rekus matched Born with three runs scored and laced a double. Sophomore Hunter Rose had three hits out of the leadoff spot and scored twice.
The onslaught was welcomed by Lamb, who settled in after the first and struck out seven batters in four innings of work.
“We’ve always been hitting … especially here,” Lamb said. “I mean, it’s a short porch, but we use it to our advantage.”
Century (10-4, 8-2 CCAL) took the lead in the first when Born sent a fly ball just over the fence down the right-field line for a three-run homer. The Knights led 3-2, and they made it 5-2 on Bradley Comer’s two-run single four batters later.
Sophomore Matthew Guyer added a sacrifice fly and Rose picked up his second hit of the inning to score the seventh run.
Will belted a three-run shot in the second inning and added a two-run blast in the third. Born’s second home run also came in the third, a two-run laser to left-center, and he doubled in the second.
“It feels good,” Born said. “It’s obviously contagious. Hunter starts it off … in the first at-bat and it just goes from there.”
Westminster (10-6, 7-4) held the early lead when Marcos Mendez laced a two-run single to left in the first inning. But the Owls fell behind and couldn’t keep up. They scored a run in the fifth on two walks and a throwing error.
Malvern Prep (Pa.) 19, No. 2 Calvert Hall 6: The visiting Friars (20-2) broke open a 6-5 game by scoring 13 runs in the fifth inning to beat the Cardinals (18-5) on Saturday. Right-hander Fran Oschell worked five innings, gave up six runs on 10 hits and struck out four for the win.
Antonio Barranca (1-for-3) and Parker Landwehr (3-for-3) each hit a home run for Calvert Hall, which won its previous two games.
No. 2 Calvert Hall 12, No. 7 McDonogh 3: Left-hander Peter Marchineck went five innings, gave up three runs on five hits, walked one and struck out six to lead the host Cardinals (18-4, 13-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) past the Eagles (13-7, 8-4) on Friday.
Calvert Hall extended its 4-3 lead in the first inning by scoring eight unanswered runs. Nick Tamberino (1-for-2) had a home run and two RBIs for the Cardinals.
No. 5 Loyola Blakefield 14, No. 11 Archbishop Spalding 4: The host Dons (8-5, 5-3 MIAA A Conference) broke a 1-1 tie with a 7-0 run and beat the Cavaliers (7-8, 2-5). With No. 6 Gilman falling to No. 1 Calvert Hall, Loyola leapfrogged the Greyhounds to take fifth place in the standings.
The Dons travel to No. 3 St. Paul’s on Friday and host the Cardinals on May 7 to close out the regular season.
No. 8 Westminster 20, St. Edward (Ohio) 5: The host Owls improved to 11-0 by beating the Eagles (9-6). Westminster hosts Kent Island on Monday and travels to Fallston on Thursday. Westminster is 6-0 in league play and is one game ahead of No. 13 Century (10-1, 5-1 Carroll).
Saints Peter and Paul at Archbishop Curley, ppd.: The game between the Sabres (6-7, 5-4 MIAA B Conference) and the Friars (8-2, 7-0) was postponed because not enough referees could be secured for the game. Curley has won its last three. The game has been rescheduled to next Saturday at 4 p.m.
Saint Stephen’s & St. Agnes (Va.) 7, No. 2 Glenelg 6: The visiting Gladiators (9-2) were held to one goal in the first half and the second-half rally came up short. The Saints improved to 11-2.
Holton-Arms 16, No. 10 Roland Park 9: The host Reds (11-5) had their four-game winning streak halted by the Panthers (9-9). Roland Park hosts No. 1 McDonogh on Tuesday. Holton-Arms has won its last two games.