After getting touched up for 8 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits in just three innings of work in his last big start — a 10-0 loss at Atholton April 3— River Hill ace Rohan Tilva was determined to make a better showing in his next opportunity.
That opportunity came at Mt. Hebron on Friday afternoon, and the junior delivered a two-hitter in a 7-0 victory.
"He pitched to his strengths as opposed to being a thrower," coach Wes McCoy said. "Rohan worked ahead, mixed up his pitches, and trusted his defense to support him. All things he has consistently done throughout his career at River Hill ... He is a competitor and bounced back excellently from a rough outing against a great Atholton team."
Tilva threw 79 pitches, striking out seven with no walks and one hit batter. Jake Snyder collected both hits for the Vikings on infield singles.
Billy Small (3-3) led the Hawks offensively with a home run and a double, while Falan Garner and Sam Kolodrubetz (triple) added two hits each. Jack Adamson drove in two runs.
River Hill improved to 5-4 with the win to pull even with Mt. Hebron (5-4) heading into spring break.
After back-to-back losses to Atholton, 10-0, and Reservoir, 10-5, the Hawks have now won three in a row against Hammond, Oakland Mills and Mt. Hebron by a combined score of 35-2.
Undefeated Atholton (9-0) and Reservoir (9-0) both won by routs on Friday to stay on pace for a showdown at Atholton on April 22, the first day back from spring break.
Around the league
Atholton 12, Howard 3
Nick Raulin went 4-5 with an RBI and pitched three innings of shutout relief to earn the save in a 12-3 win over Howard. Brian Gsell drove in two runs, caught eight fly balls, and made an inning ending throw from the outfield to catch a Lions baserunner at home plate. Blake James and James Bagley each doubled, singled and drove in a run, and the Raiders collected 15 hits to raise their team batting average to .410.
Centennial 12, Wilde Lake 2
Derek Nadeau pitched all five innings to earn his first win of the year. Wilde Lake scored the first two runs, but Nadeau held the Wildecats to only three hits.
Tyler Morris (3-3, 2B, 2 R, 5 RBI) led the Eagles offensively, with strong contributions from Robbie Miller (2-4, R), Danny Sterenberg (2-4, 2 R), Nick Varner (2-2, 2 BB, 4 R, SB) and Nadeau (2-4, 3 R, RBI).
Hammond 15, Oakland Mills 5
Marriotts Ridge 17, Glenelg 3
Grant Summers pitched six strong innings for the Mustangs, striking out seven and allowing three runs on seven hits. Glenelg got its runs from Garrett Southern (2B, R), Anthony Bowman (1B, BB, 2 R), Tyler Hoeflich (1B, 2B, BB, 2 RBI) and Alex Melcher (1B, RBI).
But the Mustangs blew the lid off of the game in the seventh, when they scored six runs and sent 11 batters to the plate. Jason Kohler (1B, R), Brian Forman (BB, R), Greg Speelman (RBI 2B, R), Brandon Barrett (RBI sac fly), Chris Morath (RBI 2B, R), Tony Molinaro (BB, R) and Jake Bender (2 RBI 1B, R) did most of the damage in that frame.
Reservoir 11, Long Reach 0
Jack Barry earned the win for Reservoir, pitching four strong innings.
Glenelg Country 20, Park 6 (MIAA B Conference)
Logan Smith (4 H, 3 R, 3 RBI), Joey Pickens (3 H, 4 R, 2 RBI), Colby Manekin (3 H, R, 4 RBI) and Matt Campbell (2 H, 2 R, 3 RBI) led the Dragons offense, which produced 16 hits in the win over Park.
Standings (as of April 11)
Marriotts Ridge, 8-2
Mt. Hebron, 5-4
River Hill, 5-4
Long Reach, 3-5
Wilde Lake, 2-8
Oakland Mills, 0-9
April 12 game
Howard at Reservoir, 2 p.m.