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Baseball: Century unleashes offense in CCAL win over Westminster

ELDERSBURG — Jared Lamb pounded his fist into his glove as he walked off the mound in the first inning, the Century pitcher visibly upset with his performance early in Saturday’s game against county rival Westminster.

The Knights trailed after one-half inning, and Lamb wasn’t happy with his lack of control. The senior didn’t worry for too long, though — Century had a home game, on a windy, cloudless afternoon. Offense seemed just around the corner.

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And it was.

The Knights responded with seven runs in their half of the first and pulled away for a 15-3 victory, moving closer toward clinching the Carroll County Athletic League title.

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Shortstop Matt Born and first baseman Brandon Will, both seniors, powered the Knights’ attack. They hit two home runs apiece, and combined for five hits, five runs, and 10 RBIs.

Joe Rekus, a senior outfielder, matched Born with three runs scored and laced a double. Hunter Rose, a sophomore, had three hits out of the lead-off spot and scored twice.

The onslaught was quite welcome to Lamb, who settled in after the first and struck out seven batters in four innings of work.

“We’ve always been hitting … especially here,” Lamb said. “I mean, it’s a short porch but we use it to our advantage.”

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Century (10-4, 8-2 CCAL) took the lead in the first when Born sent a fly ball just over the fence down the right-field line for a three-run homer. The Knights led 3-2, and made it 5-2 on Bradley Comer’s two-run single four batters later. Matthew Guyer, another sophomore, added a sac fly, and Rose picked up his second hit of the inning to score the seventh run.

Will belted a three-run shot in the second inning, and added a two-run blast in the third. Born’s second home run also came in the third, a two-run laser to left-center, and he doubled in the second.

“It feels good. It’s obviously contagious,” Born said. “Hunter starts it off … in the first at-bat, and it just kind of goes from there.”

Westminster (10-6, 7-4) had the early lead when Marcos Mendez laced a two-run single to left in the first inning. But the Owls fell behind and couldn’t keep up. They scored a run in the fifth on two walks and a throwing error.

Century enjoyed the 10-run rule, however, that ended the game in the middle of the fifth.

Owls coach Mark Winebrunner said Century has “had our number” in recent years, although the Knights have enjoyed similar success against most of the county.

“Honestly, when you start getting hits rolling and you start [scoring] runs, it takes pressure off the pitcher,” Will said. “It takes pressure off of everybody else.”

Century can clinch a share of the CCAL crown by beating Francis Scott Key on Tuesday. The Knights finish their county slate at Liberty (5-3 CCAL) on May 4. Century defeated the Lions 5-1 on April 5.

Westminster hosted South Carroll in Carroll County Athletic League boys lacrosse action April 25, 2019.

Liberty has Winters Mill, Francis Scott Key, and South Carroll before its second matchup against Century.

The reigning Class 2A state champion Knights are going after a third consecutive county title, and first-year coach Chris Poe said this year’s group is a confident one.

“They know we can get down and come back,” Poe said. “You get down a couple [runs], no big deal. We’re not worried about it or anything else.”

Westminster 200 01 — 3 3 1

Century 735 0x — 15 12 1

W-Nathan Barber, Adam McCartan (3), Connor Thompson (4) and Haden Hoff; C-Jared Lamb, Matt Born (5) and Jeremy Poe. 2B: C-Joe Rekus, Born. HR: C-Born 2, Brandon Will 2. WP: Lamb. LP: Barber.

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