Varsity roundup: 6-run second inning propels Mount St. Joe
From Sun staff reports|
May 09, 2015 | 4:19 AM
Host Mount Saint Joseph (16-9) scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning to beat John Carroll (10-11) in the opening round of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference baseball tournament, 9-2, on Friday.
Nick Caporlette started the scoring for the seventh-ranked Gaels in the second with a two-run single to right field.
Winters Mill 10, Century 2: Hunter Gosnell hit a grand slam and drove in five runs to power the host Falcons (13-8) past the Knights (6-12) in a Class 2A West Section 2 quarterfinal.
Gosnell went 2-for-4 and also had a double, as Winters Mill won its fifth in a row. Brooks Ryan and Britton Lawrence each had two hits for the Falcons, and Steven Cook earned the win on the mound.
Ethan Kiple went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored for Century, which ended the year on a seven-game losing streak.
After earning a first-round bye, the Gladiators never trailed against visiting Century in an 11-8 victory in the Class 3A-2A South section semifinals Friday
But Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker wasn't ready to compare this team to past ones, such as last year's team that went 9-2 in county play and reached the state semifinals.
"I know I have been doing this for a while, but every team is different, and we tell the kids that," Hatmaker said. "We told them yesterday at practice — our accomplishments as a school are not just their accomplishments as a team. They have to go out and make their own story. And I think they believe that."
While Carson Marshall led the offense with four goals, the key to the victory was Alex Frith. He controlled the game by winning 16 of 23 faceoffs, including seven of eight in a third quarter, in which Glenelg outscored the Knights 5-2 to take a 10-6 lead.
"I thought the biggest story of the day was Alex," Hatmaker said. "We had some really nice goals and ran some really nice offense, but just him putting constant pressure on them to stop us. They started conceding [the faceoffs] a little bit."
When asked what part of the game was the key for Glenelg's victory, Century coach Zach Hinton didn't hesitate either: "Win faceoffs."
"That was the long and short of it," he said. "They had the ball more than us, and they found ways to score. I feel like when we had the ball we found ways to score, but they dominated time of possession."
Aside from faceoffs, the first half was evenly played as neither team led by more than two goals.
The Gladiators got on the scoreboard only 11 seconds into the game when Frith found Kevin Coppinger on the right side. Brett Wasson added a goal less than three minutes later, but Century answered with back-to-back goals from Andrew Fleishell and Austin Johnston, who assisted each other's goals.
Marshall, however, scored to end the first quarter and start the second, and the Gladiators would lead the rest of the way.
Entering the third quarter with a 5-4 lead, Glenelg scored three straight to take a commanding 8-4 lead.
After trading the next four goals, Century (12-4) scored the first two fourth-quarter goals to make things interesting, but Wasson's goal with 1:14 remaining put away any hopes of a Knights comeback.
Finishing games, though, was something the Gladiators (11-4) struggled with at times this season. In its last game, against Centennial on April 30, Glenelg led 10-6 before the Eagles scored three late goals. The Gladiators seemed to have learned their lesson.
"We get into a situation where they're going to start pressing and try to get us to make mistakes," Hatmaker said. "I thought our kids were composed for the most part. ... I didn't feel any nervous energy."
Glenelg will face Mount Hebron in the sectional finals Monday. The Vikings beat Marriotts Ridge, 9-8, in overtime Friday. On April 18, Mount Hebron beat the Gladiators, 11-10, in overtime.
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South Carroll 16, North Carroll 12: Garrett Snell led the Cavaliers (11-5) with six goals and South Carroll avenged its overtime loss to the Panthers (10-5) from earlier in the season.
The Cavaliers advance to the Class 2A-1A West section final Monday at Liberty, which defeated Manchester Valley on Friday.
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No. 12 Glenelg 8, No. 4 Mount Hebron 7: Hannah Doughty scored a game-high five goals and the visiting Gladiators (13-2) outscored the Vikings 6-4 in the second half in a Class 3A South section semifinal.
Jen Giles and Chachi Kelehan each scored twice for Mount Hebron (13-2).
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No. 9 Century 10, No. 6 Marriotts Ridge 9: Knights coach Becky Groves said her team "didn't play well at all," but it did play well enough to win, beating the host Mustangs in a Class 3A South section semifinal.
Century played a sloppy first half, turning the ball over and falling behind before a 3-0 run late in the half tied the game at 4. But in the second half, the Knights figured out the Marriotts Ridge defense and the goals started to come, building a 9-5 lead with 16 minutes to play. Century withstood a 3-0 run by the Mustangs late in the second half to win.
The Knights, led by Shelby Mercer and Kylie Davis with three goals each, won 12 of 18 draws and will host Glenelg in Monday's section final.
Liberty 12, North Carroll 9: The Lions (12-3) scored the game's final two goals to pull away from North Carroll (10-6) in the 2A-1A West section semifinals. Molly Barcikowski paced Liberty with four goals and five assists, while Grace Griffin scored three times.
The Lions get a rematch with undefeated Manchester Valley on Monday.