Baseball: Poolesville 7, Seneca Valley 0

Hunter Pearre struck out seven and allowed four hits in pitching Poolesville past Seneca Valley.

Junior Hunter Pearre pitched a complete-game shutout to lead Poolesville to its fifth win in a row.

POOLESVILLE, Md. — Hunter Pearre allowed only four hits and struck out seven in seven innings to lead the Poolesville High School baseball team to a 7-0 victory over visiting Seneca Valley on Saturday.

Center fielder Thayer Seely pulled a first-pitch two-run home run over the right-field fence with one out in the bottom of the first inning to give the Falcons all the offense they would need. Poolesville added five runs in the sixth inning on the way to their fifth consecutive win.

Seneca Valley starting pitcher Sean Bacchus settled down after allowing four hits and two runs in the first to hold the Falcons to just one hit over the next four innings. He struck out two and walked one over that stretch and needed only four pitches to set down the side in order in the fifth inning.

The wheels came off in the bottom of the sixth, though, as Bacchus was removed after he allowed the first four men he faced to reach base and committed an error on a botched pickoff play. After Seely led off the frame with a walk and shortstop Chris Convers reached on a single, an RBI single by Cody Dorsey and a two-run double to deep right-center by Tyler Magaha drove Bacchus from the game.

Reliever Connor Patswald didn’t fare much better, as he allowed a sharp single to right field by Anthony Caputo before uncorking a wild pitch that scored Magaha to give Poolesville a 6-0 lead. Pearre’s one-out ground single up the middle off Steven Costa brought home Caputo to close out the scoring.

The Screaming Eagles mounted their only serious offensive threat of the game when Eric Toombs and Chris Heckhaus led off the top of the fourth inning with consecutive singles off Pearre. But then Nick Fahs hit into a double play and Colin Thatcher grounded out to strand Toombs at third and end the inning.

Pearre used an array of off-speed pitches to keep Seneca Valley off balance for much of the game, allowing four singles and recording only one out on a fly ball to the outfield. The junior right-hander got eleven outs on ground balls, fielding four of them himself.

The Falcons (5-0) are next in action on Tuesday when they will travel to face Rockville. The Screaming Eagles (3-1) will also be on the road Tuesday, as they will trek to Sandy Spring to play Sherwood.

Seneca Valley –  0 0 0  0 0 0  0  —  0  4   1

Poolesville –       2 0 0  0 0 5  x  —  7  11  0

2B: Poolesville — Mallinger, Dorsey, Caputo, Magaha.

HR: Poolesville — Seely.

RBI: Poolesville — Seely 2, Magaha 2, Dorsey, Pearre.

Runs: Poolesville — Seely 2, Mallinger, Convers, Dorsey, Magaha, Caputo.

Pitching: Poolesville — Pearre (W)  7  ip, 4 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 7 k, 98 pitches

Seneca Valley — Bacchus (L) 5+ ip, 8 h, 6 r, 6 er, 2 bb, 2 k, 76 pitches;

Patswald 1/3 ip, 2 h, 1 r, 1 er, 0 bb, 0 k, 11 pitches;

Costa 2/3 ip, 1 h, 0 r, 0 er, 1 bb, 0 k, 16 pitches.


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