Top-seeded Boys’ Latin School and 2nd-seeded Severn School each scored in double digits Wednesday afternoon as both cruised to 5-inning run-rule victories in the MIAA B Conference baseball tournament, as the Lakers downed St. Vincent Pallotti, 11-1, and the Admirals handled Annapolis Area Christian, 14-4.
Severn will now visit Boys’ Latin on Thursday for the winner’s bracket final, as the two clubs battle for the first spot in Sunday’s finals at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. The loser will be forced into the elimination bracket.
On Lake Avenue, BL scored 3 in the bottom of the first and broke the contest open with 5 runs in the fourth, before halting the proceedings 3 runs in the fifth.
Max Keefe knocked in 4 runs to lead the Laker lineup and Marquise Washington had a triple with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored. Sam Bowen, Cole Jarrett and Matt Purnell only managed one hit between them, but each had a RBI to help the Lakers.
Justin Ward went the distance on the mound for BL, allowing just 3 hits while striking out 2 and the only run he allowed was unearned.
Jesse Umstot had one of the Panthers hits and scored his team’s only run, in the fourth. Devin Brogden and Thomas Boone had the other two hits for Pallotti.
Severn broke on top with 4 runs in the first, as the first three Admirals reached base and scored. Ryan Jack and Brendan Gauthier each had RBI singles in the opening frame, while Ethan O’Malley and Sam Roeder had RBI ground outs.
Roeder added a 2-run home run in a 5-run third and a RBI single in the 5th.
Junior Alex Rozner allowed just 3 hits in going the distance for the Admirals. Three errors by the Severn defense led to 3 AACS runs in the 5th inning, but otherwise Rozner was in control.
The tournament will continue on Thursday as Pallotti visits Glenelg Country. The Dragons survived in the elimination bracket with a 12-1 home win over Mount Carmel. Thursday’s winner will travel to Annapolis Area Christian on Friday.
With the finals set for Sunday, Friday’s winner will have to face the Severn/Boys’ Latin loser on Saturday for the second spot in the finals.