Reservoir gets past No. 18 Mount Hebron; Romaine and Hyder lead way (VIDEO HERE!!)

Cameron Hyder (left) and Trevor Romaine helped Reservoir to victory Friday in Howard County baseball action. Hyder knocked in the lead run with a fifth inning double and Romaine pitched a complete game four-hitter as the 16th-ranked Gators edged No. 18 Mount Hebron, 2-1, in Fulton.

by Derek Toney

Timely hitting and clutch pitching equaled a strong end of the week for Reservoir High baseball Friday.

The 16th-ranked Gators defeated No. 18 Mount Hebron, 2-1, in a battle of Howard County stalwarts on a near perfect afternoon in Fulton.

Senior Cameron Hyder’s RBI double in the bottom of the fifth was the difference for the Gators, who improved to 7-2 overall and 6-2 in HoCo play. Trevor Romaine did the rest.

The junior right-hander went the distance, allowing four hits and striking out five. He retired the final seven batters after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fifth.

“This is probably one of our toughest weeks,” said Romaine, whose team defeated River Hill Wednesday after a 7-1 loss to seventh-ranked Howard Monday. “We just battled through. Cam came up big in the fifth and gave me a little motivation.”

Hyder stroked a shot to deep right centerfield, plating Tyler Welch with go-ahead run. It was only the third and final hit the Gators got off Mount Hebron (6-2, 6-2 Howard) senior Noah D’Alonzo, who absorbed the tough luck loss.

Tied 1-1 in the fifth, the Vikings loaded the bases, thanks to two walks and Michael Mason’s single. A force out at home and first basemen Kevin Harrington’s unassisted putout, ended the threat.

Romaine induced five ground outs over the final two innings, capped with Kevin Chu’s throw from deep shortstop for the final out. Romaine, who walked three, allowed one hit after the third inning.

“We talk a lot about staying within yourself, pitch to contact and let our defense do the work,” said Reservoir coach Adam Leader. “Down the last two innings the defense was great. He pitched a gusty game against a tough offense.”

The Gators scored first as senior Todd Del Toro, who led off the second inning with a double, scored on a throwing error.  Mount Hebron answered in almost the same fashion in the visitors’ third.

Junior Tyler Lizzo opened with a double. He tried to steal third, and the throw from the catcher sailed into left field, allowing Lizzo to score.

The Vikings twice loaded the bases in the fifth, but came up empty, wasting a fine effort from D’Alonzo. D’Alonzo allowed three hits, struck out four and walked two.

“They got the big hit and we didn’t ,” said Mount Hebron coach Brian Culley. “They made some really nice plays in the field. They got it done in the clutch and we didn’t.”

The Vikings and Reservoir both sit 1 1/2 games behind Howard and eighth-ranked Marriotts Ridge (both 8-1). Marriotts Ridge is defending county champ while Howard reached the Class 4A state final last May.

“There’s never any easy game. It’s tough to score runs,” said Hyder. “We’re going to stick to our approach and come out strong.”

No. 16 Reservoir 2, No. 18 Mount Hebron 1

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D’Alonzo and Letteri; Romaine and Meyer

2B: Mount Hebron –  Lizzo Reservoir – Del Tufo, Hyder