St. Mary’s, Black Sox split CHASM dou­ble­header

Baseball teams each leave with a win

The Enterprise - - Sports - By COLIN STOECKER cstoecker@somd­news.com

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.

STAFF PHOTO BYY COLIN STOECKER

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.

STAFF PHOTO BY COLIN STOECKER

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.

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