Lakers erupt for 14 runs in a run-rule win over Gerstell; AACS stays alive with a win over Pallotti

Boys’ Latin, the third seed, has emerged once again as the only remaining undefeated team in the MIAA B Conference double-elimination baseball tournament, after a 14-4 win over Gerstell Academy, Wednesday in Roland Park.

The win advances the Lakers (19-6) to the finals on Monday at Harford Community College. BL needs just one win to capture its fourth consecutive league title, while the team that advances to challenge them must win twice.

Both teams scored single runs in the first inning on Wednesday and Gerstell (14-7) scored another in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. The Lakers, however responded with thee in the home half of the inning, four more in the fourth, five in the fifth as well as a single run in the sixth to end the contest by run-rule.

Charlie Godin sparked the Lakers with a three-run home run in the third. Josh Butler delivered a two-run single in the fourth and finished with four RBI’s. The wheels fell off for Gerstell in the Boys’ Latin fifth as the Falcons allowed a runner to reach on catcher’s interference, walked three, allowed a run to score on a wild pitch and a passed ball.

Also, Sam Grace had a pair of singles and Peter Markis delivered an RBI single in the sixth which ended the game.

Liam Karen pitched all six innings for Boys’ Latin, allowing eight hits and four runs, with two strikeouts and a walk.

Reece Early was a bright spot for Gerstell, going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Chris Hagan added two hits, including a double, while driving in one and scoring one.

The Falcons will get a day off on Thursday and then will play the winner of the elimination game between 6th-seeded Annapolis Area Christian School and top-seeded Glenelg Country School (17-4), on Friday.

AACS (12-12) won its second straight elimination bracket game, on Wednesday, topping second-seeded St. Vincent Pallotti, 8-7, on the road.

In a back-and-forth battle, the Eagles built a 5-2 lead after three, but Pallotti scored five times in the fourth to move in front, 7-5. It stayed that way until the six when AACS got a single run. The Eagles then scored twice in the top of the seventh to take the lead and they held on for the victory.

Austin Swartz was 3-for-3 and scored three times for AACS. Andrew Sowinski was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Will Henderson scored one run and drove in a pair.

Sowinski came on to pitch in fourth for the Eagles and went the final 3.2 innings, allowing three hits and two runs, while striking out eight, earn the win.

Jeremiah Jenkins had two hits, a run scored and two RBI’s for Pallotti (15-9).

Kendall White and Matthew Ferony each had a pair of hits for the Panthers and both stroked a double, as did Jenkins.