St. Mary’s, Black Sox split CHASM doubleheader
Baseball teams each leave with a win
The weather on Sunday was perfect to play two as the St. Mary’s Door and the Black Sox played a Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Baseball League doubleheader at Rainbow Construction Field in La Plata.
The two teams split the twinbill with the Black Sox taking the first contest 4-2, and St. Mary’s coming back to win the second game 4-1.
Black Sox pitcher Charles Richardson, a relief pitcher in college, struck out 15 hitters in the Game 1 win.
“It was a very tough lineup to face. St. Mary’s is probably one of the best hitting teams in this league. I definitely had to stay on my toes the whole game and I couldn’t mentally let up. Those boys can hit,” Richardson said.
The Black Sox were first to strike in the bottom of the first inning with Tyler Croson hitting a single and Erwin Nazario knocking it out of the park in right field to make it 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, Darren Prebble and Dustin Nutter got base hits for the Black Sox. Prebble stole second, but St. Mary’s hurler Connor Graber struck out Austin Winzenburg and Croson to end the inning.
St. Mary’s got on the board in the third when Julian Grant smacked a solo home run over the fence and into the trees in right.
Door second baseman Christian Erdolino, added a single, followed by Josh Morris’ sacrifice bunt which got Erdolino to second. Jason Bean then doubled home Erdolino, tying the game at 2.
The bottom of the third saw Ryan Kesecker double for the Black Sox, but he would not score as Brett Irwin struck out to end the inning.
In the sixth, Eaker led off for St. Mary’s with a walk on a close pitch and Larson struck out. Goldsmith walked and put Eaker on second. Grant reached on a fielder’s choice, with Goldsmith tagged out heading to second with Eaker reaching third. Grant stole second, but Erdolino struck out and the chance to break the tie didn’t come for the Door.
The Black Sox came alive in the bottom of the inning. Kesecker got to second on an error on Erdolino after a base hit. Irwin flew out to deep right advancing Kesecker to third. Billy Hennessey’s sacrifice fly to right scored Kesecker, then Prebble hit a home run to center to make it 4-2.
St. Mary’s got two runners on in the seventh on base hits from Hayden Ferrington and Bean, but neither runner came around to score and the Black Sox took the opener.
“We’re a game under .500 now. We’ve had some tough losses like today and I think we’ve really only had one bad loss,” St. Mary’s designated hitter Chris D’Antuono said. We’ve been in every game, it’s just that we’ve lost a couple big pieces to some other teams last year. And we’ve just been having to fight real hard to get some wins here.”
D’Antuono struck out swinging for the second out of the inning and Richardson’s 15th and final strikeout of the game.
“Pitching seven innings took a toll on me today,” Richardson said. “My arm is definitely feeling it, but facing a team like this makes you wanna go as far as you can.
Game 2 of the doubleheader stayed scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when Croson scored Trevor Sutcher with a sacrifice fly to center to give the Black Sox a 1-0 lead.
St. Mary’s came back with four runs in the top of the sixth, starting with D’Antuono reaching second on an error. Eaker hit a RBI double scoring D’Antuono to tie the game at 1. Later, Larson connected on a threerun homer to left to put the Door up 4-1 and that would be the final.
Goldsmith tossed a complete game, allowing just one run on four hits and struck out five.
Jared Eaker swings for the St. Mary’s Door on a pitch from Black Sox hurler Charles Richardson during Game 1 of Sunday’s Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Baseball League doubleheader at Rainbow Construction Field in La Plata. Eaker and the Door lost the opener 4-2, then picked up a 4-1 win in Game 2.
Ben Goldsmith tossed a complete game as St. Mary’s defeated the Black Sox 4-1 to gain a split in their Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Baseball League doubleheader on Sunday at Rainbow Construction Field in La Plata. Goldsmith allowed just one run on four hits and struck out five.