Cen­tury over­pow­er­ing in win, draws closer to league ti­tle in base­ball

Born, Will com­bine for 4 HRs, 10 RBIs to spear­head rout of West­min­ster

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY - By Bal­ti­more Sun staff

“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.

Boys lacrosse

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.

Girls lacrosse

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.

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