Severna Park Post 175 wins regional opener

Led by the relief pitching of Jacob Way, a patience approach at the plate and a timely punch out at home, the Severna Park Post 175 baseball team was able to capture its first contest at the Mid-Atlantic Region 2 tournament Wednesday night, besting host Leesburg (Va.) Post 34, 5-4, in the nightcap of day one at Fireman’s Field in Purcellville, Virginia.

Way took over for starter Brendan Simonds in the fifth inning and threw three shutout innings, scattering five hits to earn the victory. Offensively, Post 175 (23-5) worked 11 walks and received two runs batted in from Jack Triolo as well as a double and RBI from Jake Hallet and four walks and a run scored by Ryan Key. Ryan Stolarczyk drove in a run as well for the Spartans, who will play Wilmington (Del.) Post 1, a 1-0 winner against Rockland (N.Y.) Post 130, Tuesday at 6 p.m.

“They went against some very tough pitching, but they were very disciplined at the plate, thus us getting a lot of walks in the game and enabling us to manufacture some runs,” Severna Park manager Bob Hallet said

The contest ended in dramatic fashion as a relay from Jack Triolo in left field to shortstop Scott Huntley to catcher Key at the plate cut down the potential game-tying run to the end the contest in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“It’s always important to get the first win in a tournament,” Hallet said. “I was more impressed with our kids tonight than I have been in a long time. Now we play a team in Delaware tomorrow that gave us our worst loss of the year.

“We have Cam (Clark) on the mound and I always feel good when has the ball.”

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