CH Flowers Defeats Gwynn Park in Extras

Pre-Summer Trials

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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

Thomas Espinosa’s two-out, walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning gives the CH Flowers Jaguars an improbable come-from-behind victory over Gwynn Park in a matchup of two of Prince George’s county’s hottest teams.

The game was an exciting, high scoring affair with Gwynn Park (9-2) taking an early 9-2 lead heading to the bottom of the third. The Yellow Jackets exploded for eight runs in the top half of the third taking advantage of our four hits to go along with three Flowers walks and one error. CJ Miller’s two-RBI double to right center highlighted the scoring output along with Jacob Wade’s RBI single to left field, which scored two runs and ended up with Wade on third base after the ball was misplayed by the Flowers left fielder.

Flowers (11-2) would chip away in the game, scoring two runs in the bottom of the third, one in the fourth, and four in the fifth. The four-run fifth was highlighted by RBI’s from Damani Hamm, Langston Cross, and Mike Brown. Gwynn Park would add one in the fifth and two in the sixth to give the Yellow Jackets a 12-9 lead going to the bottom of the seventh.

With two out in the bottom of the seventh, Courtney Marshall would extend the inning after reaching on a single and turned the lineup over to the top. Anthony Robinson would then reach on another single and both would score after a two-RBI double to left center off the bat of Tremayne Cobb Jr. Cutting the lead to 12-11. Back to back walks would load the bases and Flowers would tie the game up on a pass ball and a close play at the plate. Another walk would again load the bases, but a ground out would send the game to extras.

Cross would come in relief for the Jaguars and shut down the Jackets in the top half of the eighth. In the bottom half of the eighth, again with two outs, Marshall gave the Jaguar offense life and this time with a double down the left field line. After an infield error and a walk, Espinosa laced his game ending single in the left center gap for the victory.

Espinosa, Cross, Marshall and Anthony Robinson Jr all led the Jaguars with two hits. Cross got the win.

Gwynn Park was led by Jacob Wade, CJ Miller, and Sean Mason with two hits each.