St. Mary’s loses in American Legion baseball action
La Plata scores five in sixth to rally for win
La Plata Post 82 rallied back from a 2-0 deficit, including a five-run sixth inning, to down St. Mary’s Post 255 by a 6-2 score in an American Legion baseball contest Thursday night at La Plata High School.
“I think overall as a team we did well. I think Trevor Drummond had a great game swinging the stick. We pulled together a few clutch hits over there,” La Plata assistant coach Troy Calvert said. “Patrick ‘Pez’ Estevez had a great bunt on the safety squeeze there driving a run. Ryan Calvert and Dean Kirby did a heck of a job out there on the mound holding a good team to two runs.”
Both teams were evenly matched on the mound for the first three innings. La Plata pitcher Ryan Calvert had eight strikeouts by the bottom of the third inning with both teams yet to score.
“We started off slow. We were down for a while, but we fought back in the sixth inning. We had good pitching by Ryan and Dean, and then the bats finally came alive and we scored some runs,” La Plata third baseman Trevor Drummond said.
St. Mary’s was first to score in the top of the fourth. Calvert walked Scott Cameron and
Arley Shepherd. Next, St. Mary’s catcher Brad Nelson bunted towards the third-base line and La Plata committed a throwing error trying to get Nelson at first, causing Cameron and Shepherd to both reach home plate to make the score 2-0.
St. Mary’s first baseman Hunter Rooney reached first on an infield single, took second on another La Plata error, but was tagged out by Drummond attempting to reach third on Chris Gunther’s ground ball that resulted in a single.
Kenny Rickett and Julien Thomas each walked to load the bases for St. Mary’s, but Calvert struck out Devon Mattingly and the score remained at 2-0.
In La Plata’s half of the fourth, Drummond had a base hit and later scored when Nick Steury hit a sacrifice fly to trim the St. Mary’s lead to 2-1. La Plata loaded the bases, but Kevon Wharton struck out to end the inning and St. Mary’s kept its onerun lead.
To start the fifth, La Plata replaced Calvert with Dean Kirby on the mound. Kirby struck out Shepherd to end the inning.
La Plata loaded the bases for the second straight inning in its half the fifth when Mattingly — in relief of starter Cameron — walked Kirby, but Mattingly struck out Myers to end the inning and St. Mary’s was still up by a run.
“It felt good just trying to keep the team in a position to win and stay in the game,” Cameron said. “My guys put up runs early offensively and I just tried to keep the lead for them, but then the pitch count got a little too high. And then I got pulled and Devon Mattingly did nice job of getting out of that.”
La Plata would not be denied in the sixth. Mattingly walked Steury, then Zack Harris hit a single and Steury reached third. Seth Morrison had a base hit scoring Stuery. Next, Schmitz’s sacrifice bunt scored Harris and he got to second. Estevez bunted for another RBI to score Morrison, then Drummond scored Schmitz with a single and La Plata took a 4-2 lead.
The sixth was far from over as with one out Es- tevez and Drummond advanced on a wild pitch from Mattingly with Estevez scoring to make it 5-2. At this point, St. Mary’s decided to put in Tyler Mudd for Cameron.
Drummond stole second and later scored on an error to cap the inning and put La Plata ahead 6-2
St. Mary’s never threatened to score in the seventh and La Plata picked up the win.
“It was a good game. The team came out and battled,” Troy Calvert said. “We got off to a slow start, but we came alive at the end and we got the hits when we needed them. We made them count and we were able to pull out a good win.”
Cameron was just as pleased with his team’s performance against a difficult opponent although he was disappointed about the loss.
“We were just a couple plays away from winning this game,” he said. “La Plata is a great team and I’m happy that we stayed with them. We’re missing a bunch of guys. They’re on vacation and we played with what we could today and we did great. So, I’m proud of everybody.”
Scott Cameron gets ready to swing for St. Mary’s in Thursday night’s American Legion baseball contest versus La Plata. St. Mary’s fell 6-2.