Glenelg Country trips Boys’ Latin on Fagan’s walkoff in 7th; Russo and Goodrich each drives in two (VIDEO HERE!!)

Senior catcher Michael Fagan was the hero for Glenelg Country School baseball Saturday. Fagan’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Dragons to a 10-9 come-from-behind victory over two-time defending champ Boys’ Latin School in MIAA B Conference baseball action in Howard County.

by Derek Toney

Down five runs late Saturday afternoon after a tough extra inning loss Friday, it looked like a lost weekend for Glenelg Country School baseball. The Dragons pulled themselves off the proverbial mat and got a huge victory.

Glenelg Country rallied for a 10-9 decision over Boys’ Latin School in a MIAA B Conference contest in Ellicott City.  Junior first basemen Tyler Russo drove in three runs for the Dragons (4-1 overall), and Spencer Goldrich had a key two-run single.

Senior catcher Michael Fagan singled home Alex Beglan with one out in the bottom of the seventh, capping a six-run rally over the final two innings for Glenelg Country School, which handed defending league champ BL its first league setback. St. John’s Catholic Prep (5-1), Glenelg Country (4-1) and BL (4-1) are tied in the loss column in the MIAA B standings.

Glenelg Country lost to B newcomer St. John’s Catholic (won last three C titles), 4-3 in 10 innings Friday. Saturday’s rebound was the Dragons’ fourth game in five days.

“These kids did not quit,” said Glenelg Country coach Chris Garber. “We used all our experience pitchers in the first three games this week.”

Facing arguably the league’s best hurler in BL senior Ned Ruffin, the Dragons got yeoman efforts from several underclassmen. Beglan, a senior, got the victory with 2/3 innings of relief.

After sophomore Kevin Gamble worked out of a two-out bases loaded spot in the top of sixth, leaving BL up 9-4, Glenelg Country began mounting its comeback in the home portion. With one out, Russo tripled to right centerfield, scoring Michael Diangelo and Fagan, and Russo followed after BL’s throw to third went out of play.

The Dragons loaded the bases after Dylon Ravenell’s two-out single. Spencer Goldrich’s double to right center scored Kyle Arnold and Cole Sterry, tying the game at nine.

With an out in the bottom of the seventh, Beglan was hit by a pitch and stole second. Fagan lined a single into right center, and Beglan beat the throw home, giving the Dragons the walk-off comeback.

Russo said there was no quit in the Dragons down five runs with six outs left.

“Coach was telling us we’re going to face adversity so there’s no need to beat yourself up,” said Russo. “I think we’ve really come together the past two days. When you get into these long back-and-forth games, you got to really pick each other up.”

“Everybody practices together regardless of much playing time they get or don’t get,” said Fagan. “It was great to seeing some of the guys who didn’t start come up big.”

Fagan and Ravenell, a freshmen, each finished with 2-for-3, and Sterry had two hits. Matt Luterman, Jack Fishel and Jackson Gazin each went 3-for-3 with Boys’ Latin, with Gazin hitting a two-run homer.

The Lakers (7-3) led 3-0 early, but Glenelg Country answered with three runs in the bottom of the third. Ruffin, who threw a masterful a complete game three-hitter in the deciding game of last spring’s MIAA B tournament, went only 2 1/3 innings Saturday and walked seven.

The two-time defending champ Lakers answered in the fourth, with Luterman tripling home Fishel and Cole Jarrett plating Luterman with a double. Gazin cranked a shot 370 feet over the rightfield fence, capping a four-run rally.

Gazin opened the sixth with a double and scored off a double steal, and Travis Smith brought home pinch runner Wayne Garrus Jr., giving Boys’ Latin a 9-4 cushion. Sparked by Russo’s triple, Glenelg posted six hits and five runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull even.

“I thought we lost our focus,” said Boys’ Latin coach Bill Greenwell.

Tyler Russo was one of several contributors in Glenelg Country’s six-run rally over the final two innings Saturday. The junior first basemen had a two RBI triple in the sixth and came home after the throw to third went out of play.

Garber was ecstatic about the key contributions from his underclassmen, setting the table for veterans Beglan and Fagan late.

“What did we have to lose but to go out, play hard and see if we can stay with them,” said Garber. “I know they’ll be ready when we come up to Boys’ Latin, but at least it gives us the confidence to play with them in a big ball game.”

Glenelg Country School 10, Boys’ Latin School 9

Boys’ Latin 021 402 0 – 9 13 2

Glenelg Country 003 105 1 – 10 9 3

Ruffin, Butler (3), Mygatt (7) and Brown and Dye (7); Arterburn, Berbert (4), Gamble (6), Beglan (7) and Fagan.

2B: Boys’ Latin – Gazin 2, Jarrett; Glenelg Country – Goldrich

3B: Boys’ Latin – Luterman; Glenelg Country – Russo

HR: Boys’ Latin – Gazin