The Atholton baseball team may have hung around with visiting Marriotts Ridge on Wednesday thanks to fielding errors, but when it came down to it, the Raiders won with clutch hitting.
"I love the resilience of our team. It was actually the first time we got to show it this year and it was good to see," Raiders coach Jon Dupski said. "I couldn't ask for more right now."
With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Atholton got back-to-back hits from Dan McCann, Brady Acker, Phil Frazier (RBI) and Nick Raulin (RBI) to take its first lead of the game, 7-6. After a walk to Michael Slayton and another RBI single by Jordan Patterson, the Raiders had a two-run cushion, which they'd need.
Marriotts Ridge (3-2) got a leadoff double from Jake Bender in the top of the seventh and scored on a two-out single by Storm Galloway, but Atholton (4-0) held on to win, 8-7, when Phil Frazier (2-3, 2B, 2 RBI) squeezed a fly ball in left field.
"We just need to keep the momentum going ... we had a great comeback today," said Frazier, whose team was scheduled to host River Hill Thursday for its third consecutive game. "It's going to be tough but we're going to have to stay in condition. I have confidence in our pitching staff, we've got a good solid rotation with four pitchers."
Marriotts Ridge led 2-0 after a two-run double by freshman Gunnar Barnard in the second inning, and expanded its lead to 3-0 after a Kevin Ross double and Wes Carson RBI groundout in the third.
But Atholton hung around thanks in part to Mustangs errors in the third (two runs) and fifth (three). Back-to-back doubles by Frazier and Nick Raulin set up the damage in the fifth.
"More games are lost in high school baseball than are won. I give them credit, they took advantage of it, but if we keep the ball off of the first base fence, we probably win the ball game," Marriotts Ridge coach Paul Eckert said. "But two teams battling, it came down to the last at bats. We have nothing to hang our heads about ... they're the defending county champions until somebody knocks them off, they're one of the top teams in our league, and we played right with them at their park for six innings. They had a good inning."
Raiders catcher James Bagley caught two base runners stealing.
Atholton and Reservoir are now the last two undefeated teams in the league.
MR (3-2) 021 030 1 - 7 11 3
A (4-0) 002 033 x - 8 10 2
Summers, Barnard (6) and Carson. James, Patterson and Bagley.
2B: MR - Barnard, Ross, Bender. A - Frazier, Raulin.
Around the league
Glenelg 5, Centennial 4
The Gladiators defeated Centennial in nine innings on Wednesday at Centennial. Glenelg was the home team, but the game was played at Centennial because Glenelg's field was unplayable.
The Gladiators broke open a 4-0 lead in the first, but the Eagles chipped away to tie it in the fourth.
Glenelg junior Garrett Thrush came on in relief and pitched three scoreless innings to get the win after Carter Mullinix doubled and scored the winning run in the ninth. Gladiators center fielder Nick Goneconto made a game saving diving catch in the 8th.
C (0-3) 002 200 000 - 4 9 3
G (2-1) 400 000 001 - 5 6 5