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Baseball: Saints can't hold late lead

March 22, 2012|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com

ST. JAMES — One tumultuous inning turned an otherwise very good season opener for the Saint James baseball team into a sour ending on Thursday at Biggs Field.

With good pitching, good defense and a two-run rally that secured a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, Saint James only had to stop Georgetown Day in its tracks in the seventh.

But the goods turned to bad as Georgetown Day hit the Saints with a six-run seventh and went on to an 8-5 win in a Mid-Atlantic Conference contest.

“In the first six innings we made plays and both kids threw well,” said Saints coach Mick Kerns. “When one thing happens, the wheels just kept coming off.”

Georgetown Day (2-1, 1-0) opened the seventh against reliever Ryan Abbott — who had already thrown three innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts — with a single and double. Ben Pockroy then lifted a fly ball to left that fell to the ground, allowing Aidan Delaney to score and tie the game at 3.

Two batters later, a throwing error allowed two runs to score. When Ben Breuer came to the plate with the bases loaded, his eyes lit up at a fat pitch he roped for a three-run triple to right-center field.

“We had one ball that should have been caught and two other throws that we should have had outs,” said Kerns.

Saint James got two of the runs back in the bottom of the seventh on a two-run triple by Bobby Leatherman, who had two hits.

Georgetown took a 2-0 lead in the second on a pair of doubles and two singles. The Saints came back with one run on two singles, a walk and a wild pitch.

Saint James took a 3-2 lead in the sixth on a Georgetown error, an infield hit by Leatherman, another wild pitch and an RBI single by Abbott, who had two hits.

“Through six innings I can’t fault our effort,” said Kerns. “I’m happy with the positives that came out of the game, but we’ve got to work on the physical mistakes.”

Sophomore Ben Holland started for the Saints and struck out the side — all looking on 3-2 counts — in the first inning. He was lifted after three innings.

Georgetown’s Rhett Stuart went the first five innings in his season debut and allowed only three hits before departing after hitting his pitch count.

Georgetown Day 8, Saint James 5
Geo. Day    020    000    6    —    8    10    4
Saint James    010    002    2    —    5    7    2
Stuart, Hanerfeld (6) and Sanger. Holland, Abbott (4) and Blank. WP — Hanerfeld. LP — Abbott (0-1).

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