Battle for SMAC Potomac Division Suspended to Wednesday



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

Mother Nature got in the way of a gem of a baseball game on Monday between McDonough and La Plata as play was suspended in the top of the ninth inning due to thunderstorms that settled in the area.

It was a pitchers battle through and through between McDonough’s David Larson and La Plata’s Scott Logue.  Logue went seven innings on the mound, scattering five hits giving up one run with one walk and 10 strikeouts. Larson was equally as effective, going eight innings giving up one run with five hits, one walk, and 11 strikeouts.

McDonough got the scoring started in the game off the bat of Peyton Myers, who knocked a seeing eye single over the second baseman's head in shallow right-center to knock in the Rams lone run in the bottom of the third inning.

La Plata got their run in the top of the sixth inning off the bat of Rider recruit Tyler Stockwell, who laced a single to left field with two out off a Larson breaking ball to tie the game up.  Immediately after, Logue drove a ball to deep left center for a double and Stockwell was thrown out at the plate trying to score from a perfect relay throw from shallow left field from Kendrick Musser to the plate to end the threat and keep the game tied.

McDonough would threaten in the bottom of the eighth inning after the first two runners would reach via hit-by-pitch and walk. The Rams would eventually load the bases after back to back strikeouts, but could not get the winning run across after the third strikeout of the inning from La Plata relief pitcher Jake Hanks.

Mother Nature would then kick in in the top half of the ninth after one out the game was called for a 30 minute delay after lightning in the area. The game was later called after a torrential downpour. 

Both teams will hope to continue the game on Wednesday to give finality to the matchup, which happens to be for first place in the Potomac division of the SMAC.

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