Since dropping a 2-1 decision to Glenelg Country, back on April 3rd, the Boys’ Latin baseball team has been virtual unstoppable in the MIAA B Conference. Over that time span, the the 20th-ranked Lakers have won 14-of-16 games overall, including all 13 contests against their conference rivals.
Those MIAA victories have come by an average margin of 9.9 runs per game, including a smashing 21-3 win over aforementioned Glenelg Country, Thursday, in the winners’ bracket final of the MIAA B Baseball Tournament.
With Thursday’s win, the defending champion Lakers advance to the finals of the double-elimination tournament and will take on the winner of Friday’s elimination game between GCS and Severn on Sunday (1:00 p.m.) at Harford Community College. Severn stayed alive on Thursday with a 20-8 win over St. Vincent Pallotti.
Glenelg Country (11-8), a team which finished 10-4 in league and claimed the second seed for the post-season, hardly had time to settle in on Thursday, as the Lakers erupted for eight first inning runs and kept on scoring until they had invoked the mercy rule at the end of five innings. The Lakers added two runs in the second and three in the third to build a 13-0 lead. The visiting Dragons finally cracked the scoreboard with three runs in the fourth, but the Lakers responded with another 8-run inning, in the fourth, to complete their slaying of the Dragons.
BL (19-6) collected 18 hits in the victory Jackson Gazin leading the way with a 4-for-5 performance with two doubles, two runs scored and four RBI’s. He got plenty of help.
Mark Lopez had two hits, a double and a home run, in four trips, drew a walk, scored three runs and drove n two more. Sam Grace also went 3-for-5 with a double, one of seven two-baggers the Lakers stroked, three runs scored and one RBI. In addition, Justus Brown, Cole Jarrett and Ben Barton each had two hits, while combining for four runs scored and 11 RBI’s.
All of this offense made it a rather easy day for Boys’ Latin pitcher Ned Ruffin, who went the five-inning distance, allowing four hits, three runs and two walks, while striking out five.
Tyler Russo, Marcus Khademi and Cole Sterry had Glenelg Country’s RBI’s.
In it’s win, Severn also poured on the offense, collecting 16 hits and also finishing off their foe in five innings.
Leading 17-8 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, the Admirals got a three-run walk-off home run from senior captain Brendan Gauthier.
Despite the lopsided finish, Severn (16-8) did not start so well, as Pallotti scored six runs in the top of the the first inning. The Panthers carried that advantage into the bottom of the second inning, when Severn rallied for eight runs to take the lead for good. The Admirals followed with five in the third, four in the fourth and the final three in the fifth.
Gauthier finished his day 3-for-4, with a walk, with four runs scored and four RBI’s.
Ethan O’Malley, who drove in three runs, and Alex Rozner, who had two doubles, a home run and five RBI’s, also had three hits each. Of the Admiral’s 16 hits, 11 went for extra bases.
Severn pitcher Jimmy Riley overcame the rough first inning to go the distance on the mound, scattering eight hits, striking out three and giving up only three earned runs.
Nick Ferony was 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI for the Panthers. Alex Cordon and Sam Zito also drove in two runs for Pallotti.