The rematch was a mismatch. Boys’ Latin School teed off on Glenelg Country School pitching Friday afternoon, posting a 15-2 five-inning decision in a MIAA B Conference baseball contest on Lake Avenue.
The Lakers (9-3-1 overall, 6-2 MIAA B) batted around in three separate innings, displaying a mix of patience and power. They racked up 14 hits, eight of which landed on the hill in the left field area at Paul Iglehart Field.
“We’ve been hitting the ball well lately,” said Boys Latin coach Bill Greenwell, whose team also drew five walks. “We look for first-pitch fastballs, and we hit them. We’re an aggressive hitting team.”
Junior Skyler Morris was sharp on the mound for the Lakers, attacking the strike zone in a complete-game performance. He also helped himself at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI.
Meanwhile, his counterpart, Dylan Farnella, who beat the Lakers in last spring’s league title game, lasted one inning Friday. Glenelg Country won the first meeting of the spring between the rivals, 5-4, in Ellicott City last month.
“It was clearly BL’s day today,” Dragons head coach Chris Garber said. “Our pitchers were not effective at getting strike one so that we could mix our pitches, and they were able to sit on our fastball. They’ve had a number of days rained and you could tell they were ready to break loose. We’ll work real hard to get ourselves prepared for the playoffs because chances are, we’re going to see them again.”
The first four Lakers reached base in the bottom of the first inning, and all of them scored. The big blow was Parker Yablon’s two-run single. Just two of the four runs were earned due to a pair of Dragon errors.
The aluminum bats struck gold for Boys Latin in the bottom of the third. Eleven men came to the plate and seven reached on hits as the Lakers held a commanding 11-0 lead.
“Our hitting is finally coming together and it feels great,” Morris said. “Everybody’s connecting and if we hit the way we’re hitting and field the way we’re fielding, we’re going to win.”
The Dragons (10-3, 9-3 MIAA B)got on the board with two runs in the top of the fourth, but Boys Latin drilled four more two-baggers to the left in the bottom half.
Morris threw 62 of his 84 pitches for strikes, allowing one earned run on five hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter, despite falling behind 3-0 two different times.
“My fastball was working good, but the curveball was definitely my strongest pitch today,” Morris said.
Every Lakers starter recorded at least one hit, and Michael Whitehurst and Fred Bopst each had two. Bopst drove in three runs, while Dom Maggio and Sam Bowen drove in two apiece.
Boys Latin hopes it has plenty left in the tank with a full plate of make-up games over the next few days.
“We have a game tomorrow, we have a game Monday, a game Wednesday, a doubleheader on Thursday, and the playoffs start on Friday,” Greenwell said. “We have a lot of games, but a lot of good players and we have some pitching depth. We have another good pitcher going tomorrow against St. Mary’s, so it should be exciting.”
Boys’ Latin School 15, Glenelg Country School 2
Glenelg 000 20 – 2 5 4
Boys Latin 407 4x – 15 14 2
Dylan Farnella, Kyle James (2), Matt Campbell (4) and Max Goodwin; Skyler Morris and Parker Yablon.
2B: Morris 2 (BL), Mark Lopez (BL), Freddy Bopst (BL), Dom Maggio (BL), Michael Whitehurst (BL), Bo Harchick (BL), Sam Bowen (BL