It’s rare to think that Hereford’s 9-2 baseball win over Parkville Thursday was determined by defensive gem. But that was the case in the top of the sixth inning when Hereford senior right fielder Bryce Fava made an outstanding catch that preserved the Bulls’ 3-2 lead.
The stroke came off the left-handed bat of Adam Stettes, and the ball looked as if it were going to clear the fence at Hereford.
On a dead sprint, Fava made a basket catch about three or four feet from the fence, and he nearly doubled-off Colin Fowble, who hit a one-out single at first base.
“Bryce came to me today and said, ‘Coach, I’m going to give all my best effort today,' which he’s done every day,’ but that’s what you saw on that play,” Hereford coach Todd Hartshorn said. “To have him go out there and give that kind of effort, as a coach, that’s all you can ask for.”
“I definitely got on my horse,” Fava said. “I was on it. I had all the confidence in the world to catch that ball. Nothing was going to stop me.”
Nothing stopped the Bulls (4-5) from pouring it on in the bottom of the sixth as they pounded out five hits and took advantage of three Parkville errors in a six-run inning to make the win appeared more lopsided than it was.
Parkville (6-3) was coming off a 15-3 victory over Dulaney the day before for its fifth straight victory.
In the six-run, sixth-inning uprising, singles by Lucas Elliott and Tyler Oursler were followed by a squeeze bunt that turned into a hit for Parker Lenivy.
Two batters later, Brady King’s third consecutive hit, a double, plated Alex Isenock, who had reached on an error.
King, who tripled to lead off a two-run third inning, scored along with Robbie Mays, after Caleb Troxell reached on an infield hit and throwing error.
Truxel pitched three scoreless innings in relief of starter Jacob Covington and he dazzled the Knights with a nifty breaking ball that helped him record three strikeouts.
Parkville’s only runs against Covington came on a sacrifice fly by Patrick Elliot in the second and when Makani Samios-Uy scored on a wild pitch in the third after a leadoff double.
The Bulls took the lead in the bottom of the third when Covington drove home King and Mays on a single and error.
Hartshorn was especially excited about the way seniors Covington, Fava, Oursler and Troxel came up big in the win. “We are looking for our seniors to step up,” he said.
The coach also got a big play from freshman catcher John Marchineck, who backed up first base on an infield grounder and threw out Ben Loundsbury at second after he tried to advance following an errant throw.
“We brought up a freshman catcher and he has made a world of difference,” said Hartshorn, whose squad had beaten the Knights, 9-5 earlier in the season. “We hadn’t beaten these guys in seven years and we’ve beaten them the last three years. They are a very good baseball team and they are very well-coached. Joe Mirable is a terrific coach.”
Thursday baseball scores
Archbishop Curley 5 Catonsville 2
Dulaney 11 Eastern Tech 2
Lansdowne 5 Loch Raven 3
Lansdowne 9 Loch Raven 3 (DH)
Randallstown 16 Pikesville 6