St. Frances seniors Jordan Lewis, Carey Cheek and Harold Myles each scored three runs Monday evening to propel the Panthers to a 15-2, six-inning victory over Dunbar in a first-round President's Cup game at Mount St. Joseph.
The result left both sides frustrated. St. Frances' players thought they could have done more, while Dunbar coach Travis Blackston felt his team could have played smarter.
"We just made too many errors," Blackston said. "Six or seven of my players have been playing since Little League. They've got to perform. The last three games we've made five or six errors. But we'll go on from here. My players just have to realize when they take the field it has to mean something."
Experience and practice time has been a key in favor of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association schools in the President's Cup games played so far. In other games Monday, Archbishop Curley beat Friends, 10-0, with pitcher Zach Ridgely throwing a no hitter through the five innings; No. 3 Gilman beat Southwestern, 13-0; Boys' Latin defeated City, 17-5; and Mount St. Joseph beat Poly, 9-3.
Digital Harbor defeated the Maryland Academy of Technology and Health Sciences, 28-0.
St. Frances coach Brian Boles pointed out that his players put in time year round.
"We took advantage of instructional work and coaching in the off season," he said. "It helps a lot, and so does our aggressive style on the bases. It causes errors and confusion."
"I've been playing since I could walk," Cheek said. "I can't remember when I didn't play."
The work they've put in showed against Dunbar. Myles had a triple and a singe, and Cheek had a double and a single.
After the game, City Council PresidentBernard C."Jack" Young, whose idea it was to hold the President's Cup tournament to create friendships and understanding between area schools, visited with both teams, offering words of encouragement.
"He told us to play hard," Cheek said. "He wants to see a team in the city get to Camden Yards [for the tournament's championship game]."
"It would shock a lot of people," said Myles. "But we're looking forward to the good competition we'll be facing to get there."
St. Frances, which plays in the MIAA B Conference, will face A Conference foe Gilman in the quarterfinals.
President's Cup Results from Monday
At Archbishop Curley
Digital Harbor 28, MATHS 0 (F/3)
Boys' Latin 17, City 5 (F/5)
At Mount St. Joseph
St. Frances 15, Dunbar 2 (F/6)
At Medfield Heights
Gilman 13, Southwestern 0 (F/5)
At Swann Park
Archbishop Curley 10, Friends 0 (F/5)
Mount Saint Joseph 9, Poly 3 (F/7)
Second Round - Wednesday (home team listed second)
At Druid Hill Park
Digital Harbor vs. Boys' Latin - 3:30 pm
At Swann Park
Gilman vs. St. Frances - 3:30 pm
Semifinals - Saturday,
At Johns Hopkins University
Digital Harbor/Boys' Latin vs. Gilman/St. Frances - 12 pm
Archbishop Curley vs. Mount Saint Joseph - 3:30 pm
Championship - Saturday, April 21
At Oriole Park at Camden Yards
TBD vs. TBD - 1 pm