Baseball: Sherwood 10, Yorktown 1

Senior Grant Dickey pitched a complete game and allowed only one unearned run as Sherwood topped Yorktown

Sherwood senior Grant Dickey pitched a complete game and allowed only one unearned run.

SANDY SPRING, Md. — The Sherwood High School baseball team scored five first-inning runs and got a complete game from senior pitcher Grant Dickey on its way to a 10-1 win over visiting Yorktown on Saturday. Four different players drove in two runs each for the Warriors (2-0), who have scored a total of 38 runs over their first two games of the season.

Dickey struck out two and allowed four hits, two walks and one unearned run in seven innings to claim his first victory of the season. Third baseman Daniel Johnson hit his second home run in as many days and shortstop Mike Zerafa stole a base and scored three runs to pace the productive Sherwood offense.

Senior shortstop Daniel Overbeek drew a walk to lead off the top of the first for the Patriots (2-2), but was erased on the next pitch when Dickey got Ben Criswell to hit into a 4-6-3 double play. Matt Rosenberg hit an easy grounder to Johnson one pitch later to bring up the Warriors for an eventful bottom of the first inning.

Yorktown pitcher Jimmy Waters had his hands full from the start, as Sherwood turned a single by Brady Adam, an error by Overbeek and a double by Johnson into a quick 1-0 lead. Matt Chanin then hit a double to bring home another run, and one out later Johnson was safe at home on Daniel Ryczek’s dribbler in front of the plate to make it 3-0. Catcher Josh Fader hit a ground ball RBI single to right field after fouling off a suicide squeeze attempt on the previous pitch and Jake Paholski plated Ryczek on a fielder’s choice to give the Warriors a 5-0 lead after one inning.

After Dickey worked around a leadoff single in the top of the second, Sherwood struck again in the bottom half of the inning. Zerafa doubled with none out and was driven in when Chanin singled past the shortstop two batters later to extend the Warriors’ lead to 6-0.

The Patriots scored their only run of the game in the top of the third inning when Johnson dropped Criswell’s high popup with two out, allowing Overbeek to score from second base.

Sherwood tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth when Patrick Kemper ripped a first-pitch two-out single up the middle to score Zerafa, who had walked and stolen second base.

Yorktown mounted their only other serious threat against Dickey in the top of the fifth inning when Bennett Nagurka and Jake Marshall led off the inning with consecutive singles up the middle. After a fielder’s choice left runners on first and third with one out, Dickey got Criswell to hit into his second 4-6-3 double play of the game to get out of the inning with the score still 7-1.

The Warriors finished off the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on Johnson’s solo home run and a pair of two-out RBI singles from Ryczek and Fader.

Johnson, Chanin and Ryczek each ended up with two runs scored and two RBI for Sherwood, while Fader had a game-high three hits to go along with two RBI of his own.

Sherwood is next in action on Wednesday, with games against Northwest and Oakdale in a spring break tournament. Yorktown is off until April 2, when they will host Falls Church.

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