MIAA B Roundup: Glenelg Country and St. Paul’s also win to stay within a half game of the Lakers; Pallotti and Gerstell win
The race for regular season supremacy in MIAA B Conference baseball is a good one, with five with five teams with two losses or less.
Boys’ Latin, which won three straight titles, from 2016 to 2018, before Gerstell Academy grabbed the crown in 2019, is leading the way with a 5-0 conference record after a 14-2 rout of Friends School on Tuesday. The Lakers (10-4 overall) have won three straight and 7-of-8, with the only loss during that stretch an 11-10 setback to A Conference power Calvert Hall.
On Tuesday, BL led 2-0 after three, but scored seven times over the next two innings and five times in the top of the seventh to cruise.
The Lakers must have know it would be a good day when Kaden Lymon hit a leadoff home run in the top of the first to begin their 12-hit attack. Lymon also walked and scored BL’s second run on an RBI fielder’s choice grounder by Henry Genth in the second. Lymon finished with two hits, including a double, two walks, two RBI and four runs scored.
Jake Fishel also had a big day, hitting a double and a home run, while scoring three and driving in two. Also, Charlie Godin collected two hits, including a double, driving in two runs and scoring one.
Prior to Tuesday there were four conference teams with one league loss, but St. Paul’s outlasted Indian Creek, 11-8, and Glenelg Country edged St. John’s Catholic Prep, 3-2, as both the Crusaders and Dragons improved to 5-1 in the B Conference and remained a half game behind the Lakers.
Also on Tuesday in the league, St. Vincent Pallotti defeated Annapolis Area Christian, 8-3, and Gerstell knocked off Severn, 6-3.
ST. PAUL’S 11, INDIAN CREEK 8
St. Paul’s, on the road in Crownsville, rallied from an early 6-2 deficit with the help of a 5-run fourth inning to outlast Indian Creek, 11-8.
The host Eagles were hurt badly by seven errors and the Crusaders’ Luke Trotta, who slugged a double and a home run in four trips, scoring one and riving in two. Hayden Hair also had an RBI double for St. Paul’s and scored a run.
Nick Pratt hit a home run for Indian Creek, as he scored a pair of runs and drove in two. Logan Harris added two hits for the Eagles, including a double, Julian Butler had a double and scored twice and Riley Handwerger was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
St. Paul’s is now 11-1 overall and 5-1 in league play, while Indian Creek is 4-2 overall and in the conference.
GLENELG COUNTRY 3, ST. JOHN’S CATHOLIC PREP 2, 10 Innings
In a classic in Ellicott City, Glenelg Country claimed a 3-2 victory over St. John’s Catholic Prep, as the Dragons walked it off in the bottom of the 10th inning.
With one out and no one on in the 10th, Tommy Berbert reached first for the Dragons (6-1, 5-1) when he swung at a wild pitch for strike three and raced to the bag. He then came around to score on consecutive errors by the Vikings (3-4, 3-2) to produce the dramatic win.
Berbert also scored the first GCS run, in the fourth, on a passed ball, and David Miller tied the game with a sac fly in the fifth.
SJCP took a 1-0 lead on an RBI double by Joshua Skowronski in the top of the first and the Vikings led 2-0 when Ed Lowery, who had two hits, drilled an RBI double in the third.
Lowry pitch the first 4.1 innings for St. John’s without allowing a hit. He struck out nine, but walked seven and allowed one earned run. David Chandler and William Pershin also doubled for the Vikings and Gabriel Casteel collected two hits.
ST. VINCENT PALLOTTI 8, ANNAPOLIS AREA CHRISTIAN 3
St. Vincent Pallotti broke a 2-2 tie with two runs in third and added three more in the fourth as it went on to defeat visiting Annapolis Area Christian, 8-3, in Laurel.
Jeremiah Jenkins led the Panthers (4-6, 3-3) with a 3-for-3 performance, which included a double, a run score and four RBI. He also made the start on the mound, going the first six innings and striking out 12, while allowing just five hits and two runs to earn the win.
Owen Motsay was 2-for-2 for AACS (0-7, 0-6) with a double, a run scored and two RBI.
GERSTELL 6, SEVERN 3
Gerstell Academy broke a 3-3 tie with three runs in the top of the fifth, Tuesday at Kinder Park, and made them stand up for a 6-3 victory over host Severn.
Landon Bell drove in the first run for the Falcons in the fourth with a double and a pair of infield errors chased in the other two runs. Both leadoff hitter Travis Smith and Aaron Hammond were 2-for-4 with a run scored and Hammond added an RBI for Gerstell (2-7, 2-4).
Graham Vaeth was the winning pitcher after working 4.1 innings and Smith earned the save with 2.2 frames of one hit pitching.
Peter Rozner was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run scored for Severn and Tommy Castleberry drove in two runs for the Admirals (3-6, 3-4).