St. Mary’s loses in Amer­i­can Le­gion base­ball ac­tion

La Plata scores five in sixth to rally for win

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By COLIN STOECKER cstoecker@somd­news.com

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.”

STAFF PHOTO BY COLIN STOECKER

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.

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