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Baseball: Capute leads Friends past Boys' Latin

Boys' Latin second baseman Stuart Reid, left, attempts to turn a double play as Friends' Chandler Walters was called for runner's interference in the Quakers' 5-2 victory.
Boys' Latin second baseman Stuart Reid, left, attempts to turn a double play as Friends' Chandler Walters was called for runner's interference in the Quakers' 5-2 victory. (photo by, Steve Ruark)

Friends coach Brett Linnenkohl became emotional when talking about his team's 5-2 victory over Boys' Latin Thursday.

The Quakers haven't had many highlights in a 4-9 season, but beating their heated rival was one of them.

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Boys' Latin held down second place in Red Division of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference.

"Anytime you beat a team like BL, you have to be proud of your program," Linnenkohl said. "I know I am just real happy with the way our guys came out today. Baseball is execution and we played crisp today."

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Friends rode the performance of ace senior right-hander Arnie Capute to the win.

Capute, who will pitch at Williams College in Massachusetts next season, went the distance, striking out nine and giving up eight hits and two earned runs.

"Arnie is one of the best in the conference," Boys' Latin coach Bill Greenwell said. "They are a different team when Arnie pitches. He gets strikeouts. You make fewer plays when a guy gets strikeouts. They have had struggles against other teams, but they really played well today."

Friends broke a 2-2 tie with three runs in the top of the seventh inning off of reliever Parker Amos, who replaced starter Grant Cohen.

Will Frost smacked a one-out double to left field to start things off. After Marshall Holden walked, Corey Schmidt clubbed a double off of a hill in deep left-center field, which scored Frost.

Then, Capute was walked intentionally to load the bases. The Lakers brought the infield in before Eric Will hit a single up the middle to score two more runs.

Boys' Latin had tied it 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Devin Foudos hit a slow roller that shortstop Paul Berman overran. Freddie Bopst scored on the play, but Berman managed to throw out Peter Argo at the plate to end the inning.

"One of our mottos is to bend, but don't break," Linnenkohl said. "And I think we upheld that today."

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