Colonels open big, no-hit Crabbers
Mangum tosses 5 shutout innings for CR
AMERICAN CORNER — Considering how things worked out, one would assume Dan Mangum’s happy with waiting two extra days to start the season.
His Colonel Richardson High baseball team, its first two games of the season on Wednesday and Thursday postponed by the arrival of Winter Storm Toby, didn’t open the season until Friday at home against Crisfield.
Mangum’s junior son Remy didn’t disappoint, looking in mid-season form and going five innings, using just 52 pitches to strike out six, as Colonel won 10-0 in six innings.
“I think Remy’s changeup was working pretty well, especially considering the weather,” Dan Mangum said of his son’s work on the hill. “He located, he got the outs; I think they hit the one ball to right field, but the rest of the stuff was on the ground, in the infield. Remy did a good job at keeping pitches down.
“Nine of the 18 outs we had were strikeouts,” the Colonel coach added, “so the guys did a good job overall; Zebby did what Zebby does. He’s consistent and he throws really hard.”
Senior Jacob Zebron closed things out, pitching a scoreless top half of the sixth with a 5-0 lead. Colonel added five more in the bottom of that inning to make it a mercy-rule victory.
Colonel blew the Crabbers (0-1) out last year too by a score of 15-4, Zebron picking up the win at Crisfield.
The hosts got all the offense they needed in the bottom of the second against Crabber right-hander Jordan Marlatt (0-1), in the form of a three-run rally sparked by the inning’s first hitter, Jackie Zebron — Jacob’s younger brother, who missed almost all of last season due to a shoulder injury that required surgery.
The younger Zebron’s lead-off single and steal of second was quickly followed by a Ty Scott double to right-center field, which made it 1-0. Scott came home a moment later when Jamison Covey (3 for 3, walk, two runs, two RBIs, three steals) singled to center field.
A balk moved Covey to second, and a Nathan Roth hit to shallow left-center put men at the corners with no outs. Marlatt struck out the next hitter, and got Tyler Stanley to hit into a force play, which retired Roth at second, but Covey scored to make it 3-0 in favor of the home team.
Meanwhile, Remy Mangum was facing little opposition from his position on the mound. He faced just one batter over the minimum, that coming when Chad Baker put down a swinging bunt to the left side with one out in the top of the third, and the throw from short to retire him sailed wide of first for an error.
Mangum, who put down the first seven batters he faced, retired the next eight after the error, his curve and fastball accounting for all six Ks.
“I didn’t throw my change a lot, but when it did, it worked well for me,” Remy Mangum said. “It was a little easier, obviously, pitching with a lead for [three of five innings].”
Colonel added single runs in the fourth and fifth. Colonel made it 4-0 when Covey stole home on a delayed-steal scheme initiated by Stanley, who broke for second on the designed corners-and-one-out play.
Jacob Zebron’s leadoff double in the fifth led to the next run, as he scored three pitches later on a Garrett Nepert single.
Colonel broke it open in the sixth thanks to help from two reserve players. The first, Mark Cranfield, made it to first to start the game’s final half-inning when he struck out swinging at a Collin Bradshaw curve which turned into a wild pitch.
Cranfield stole second, and Stanley followed with a chopper to third that was thrown wide at first; both runners were safe on the play, putting men at first and third. Pinch-hitter Brandon Elmore, replacing Colonel’s starting pitcher in the two-spot of the order, singled to right, scoring Tyler Stanton, who Cranfield had pinch-hit for, but whom Stanton had replaced as a pinch-runner by way of the re-entry rule.
Jacob Zebron’s triple to right-center field scored Stanley and Elmore to make it 8-0. Two outs later, Ty Scott made it all the way to second and Jacob Zebron scored on a bad throw from short.
Covey came up next and sliced a Bradshaw offering up the right-field line. It fell in for a base hit, scoring Scott with the 10th, and game-ending run.
Cambridge-SD 4, Washington 2
AMERICAN CORNER — Cambridge-SD (1-1) got six strong innings from senior righty Tyler Harding (1-0); Khalik Beasley pitched a scoreless top half of the seventh, striking out one, to get his first save as a Viking.
The Vikings scored a run in the first, Beasley walking to lead off and coming home two batters later on a Harding single; they added three more, two unearned, in the bottom of the second for a four-run lead.
Washington (0-1) scored once in the top half of the third and another run in the fourth. Two infield errors in the top of the fifth put the possible tying runs on base with one out before Harding got out of the jam with a pair of infield choppers to end the threat.
Beasley was 2 for 3, scoring twice in the win.
Colonel Richardson junior right-hander Remington Mangum went five innings Friday, striking out six in a 10-0, six-inning, mercy-rule, no-hit victory over Crisfield.