Team hopes to finish strong before playoffs

The baseball team has had a successful regular season capping it off with a division crown. They currently sit at an 9-4 record.

On April 24 they lost at Blair 4-2. Sophomore Dev Zoks pitched the entire game, but couldn’t get enough support from the offense to get a win.

The baseball team took on Clarksburg on April 21. It was a 4-0 win, with all the runs scored in the first two innings. After scoring a run off an error in the first inning, senior infielder and pitcher Gabe Pollack and junior infielder Chris Vondas each hit a single to help bring in the three second-inning runs. It was a combined shutout on the mound as junior infielder and pitcher Harrison Cance pitched the first six innings, giving up zero runs and two hits. Senior Ben Bowman came in to pitch for the seventh inning without giving up any runs.

On April 19 the team had another close win, this time against Northwest. The game went into extra innings tied at 2-2. After a strong defensive top of the eighth inning in which no runs were let up, the offense knew all it would take was one run to end the game. Junior Ethan Reff stepped up to the plate and hit a walk off single to right field scoring sophomore Connor Walsh from third. Zoks pitched the first six innings, while senior catcher and pitcher Jeremy Goldstein closed out the final two innings, allowing zero runs.

It seems like home field advantage is playing a role for the Patriots, as they won their last two games at home before surrendering a loss at Gaithersburg on April 17. Senior Gabe Pollack gave up six runs in the first inning before being pulled. Bowman and junior Greg Urovsky each pitched to finish the game, allowing zero runs between the two of them. The offense couldn’t get enough going to make up for the six-run deficit, only totaling three before their scoreless seventh inning that ended the game.

On April 14 they beat Quince Orchard. The offense got going early and had six runs on the board after the top of the fourth inning. After three scoreless innings Cance let up two runs each in the fifth and sixth inning. With one out left in the fifth, Bowman was subbed in at pitcher for Cance. That proved to be a strong move by head coach JD Marchand as Bowman didn’t allow any runs through the two-and-one-third innings. An insurance run was added in the top of the seventh inning to make it 7-4, before a scoreless bottom of the seventh inning ended the game 7-4.

Three days before that, on April 11, they played and shutout RM in a 7-0 win. Goldstein closed the game on the mound and also drove in the first two runs on a first-inning double and hit a second double later in the game. Pollack came in to pitch the sixth inning. Cance pitched the first five innings and allowed one hit and no runs. “We played a really complete game against RM and it gave us momentum for the games that followed,” Pollack said.

Max Pasternak

Senior News Editor

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