April 28, 2013

Baseball: Whitman 10, Paint Branch 0

Whitman junior Alex Cladouhos pitched five shutout innings in the Vikings win over Paint Branch

Whitman junior Alex Cladouhos pitched five shutout innings in the Vikings’ 10-0 win over Paint Branch.

BETHESDA, Md. — The Walt Whitman High School baseball team got a shutout pitching performance from Alex Cladouhos and used a six-run fifth inning to put an early end to their matchup with visiting Paint Branch on Saturday, beating the Panthers 10-0.

Paint Branch starting pitcher Eric Lowe matched Caldouhos through the first two innings, but he issued three walks and hit a batter in a three-run third-inning meltdown that gave the Vikings control of the game. Whitman added a single run off Lowe in the fourth before closing out the mercy-rule win with a six-run outburst against Drew Jacobs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Cladouhos allowed four hits and two walks with no strikeouts in five innings to get the win. Andrew Castagnetti had two hits, a run scored and three RBI for the Vikings, while catcher Nick Bode was 2-for-2 with two doubles, two RBI and a walk.

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April 21, 2013

Baseball Roundup: Saturday, April 20

Junior Brian Rourke shut out the Barons despite allowing nine baserunners in seven innings.

Junior Brian Rourke shut out the Barons despite allowing nine baserunners in seven innings.

Northwest 6, Bethesda-Chevy Chase 0: Brian Rourke pitched a complete game and the Northwest infield turned four double plays as the visiting Jaguars shut out the Barons, 6-0, on Saturday. Rourke, a junior, allowed seven hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings.

Northwest scored four runs in the top of the first inning and added single runs in the fourth and seventh, all charged to B-CC starting pitcher Joe Feldman. Feldman struggled with his control all game, walking three batters, hitting two others and committing a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at first base.

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April 16, 2013

Baseball Roundup: Tuesday, April 16

Walter Johnson 3, Churchill 0: Gus Gill threw a no-hitter, striking out 13 and walking one in seven innings to lead the Wildcats over the host Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Churchill loaded the bases with one out in the second inning on two errors and a walk, but Gill struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam with his shutout intact. The Bulldogs’s only other base runner of the game reached on an error by shortstop Justin Hom with two outs in the third inning. Gill then retired the last 13 batters in order, striking out the side in the bottom of the seventh inning to seal the no-hitter.

Zeke Green was 3-for-3 and scored two runs for Walter Johnson, both on wild pitches. Hom knocked in Kohei Ishida with a triple to right field in the fifth inning for the Wildcats other run.

Gill, a senior, is now 2-1 on the season with a 1.97 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings pitched.

Bethesda-Chevy Chase 13, Wootton 12: Joe Feldman drove in the tying run with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored two batters later on a double by Cobi Furcolo to give the Barons a walk-off win over the visiting Patriots.

Furcolo had four hits on the day and Andrew Brilliant was 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored for B-CC.

Kevin Mooney was 3-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs scored and two RBI for Wootton.

April 13, 2013

Baseball Roundup: Saturday, April 13

Bethesda-Chevy Chase 5, Whitman 3: Joe Feldman pitched a nine-inning complete game and knocked in the go-ahead run as the visiting Barons beat the Vikings on Saturday.

Austin Sapin drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on Feldman’s single to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the ninth inning.

Wootton 3, Walter Johnson 2: The visiting Wildcats held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning, but Glenny Woolschlager hit a one-out RBI double and scored three batters later when Kevin Mooney was hit by a pitch to give the Patriots the comeback win.

Poolesville 4, Blair 3: Three walks and a hit batsman helped the visiting Falcons score three runs in the top of the sixth inning on their way to topping the Blazers.

Hunter Pearre went the distance for Poolesville, allowing six hits and one earned run while striking out eight in seven innings. The junior pitcher was also 1-for-4 at the plate with a single and a run scored.

Sherwood 17, Magruder 3: Michael Zerafa had four RBI and scored twice as the Warriors routed the Colonels in an error-filled five-inning game.

April 6, 2013

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.

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March 23, 2013

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.

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March 20, 2013

Softball: O’Connell 12, Good Counsel 1

Senior pitcher Tori Finucane stuck out 15, hit two home runs and drove in five runs against her former school as the Bishop O’Connell High School softball team topped host Good Counsel, 12-1, on Wednesday.

Amanda Ehlers and Jillian Ferraro each knocked in two runs for the Knights (3-0, 3-0 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference).

Finucane, a first-team 2012 All-American who has committed to the University of Missouri, has struck out 44 batters through three games so far this season. Last year she struck out a school-record 332 while walking only 22 in 161 innings on her way to a 27-1 record and a 0.09 ERA. She played for Good Counsel during her freshman and sophomore years before transferring to O’Connell.

The Knights will host St. John’s on Thursday, while the Falcons (1-3, 0-3 WCAC) will play at Sherwood on Friday.

March 16, 2013

Boys Basketball: Magruder Falls to Eleanor Roosevelt in State Final

by Eric Meany

Magruder senior and George Washington University recruit Nick Griffin (left) and Eleanor Roosevelt's Lerenzo Foote battle for position during Saturday's state title game.

Magruder senior Nick Griffin (left) and Eleanor Roosevelt’s Lerenzo Foote battle for position during Saturday’s state title game.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — After the Magruder High School boys basketball team’s 62-50 victory over Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on Thursday, Colonels coach Dan Harwood was asked to compare this year’s squad to the team that won the Class 4A state championship in 2012. His thoughts immediately turned to two inside players who graduated last year.

“Garland Owens,” Harwood said without hesitation. “He was a force inside. And then Luke Ruland was six-eight, he took up a lot of space. But overall, I think the main thing is we miss Garland’s presence.”

Even after a decisive victory, Harwood sensed that this year’s Magruder team was vulnerable inside. And in their 61-56 loss to Eleanor Roosevelt in the final of the MPSSAA State Championship Tournament at the Comcast Center on Saturday, that weakness was exploited to great effect. The Raiders grabbed 20 offensive rebounds and held the Colonels without a single free-throw attempt in reversing the outcome of last year’s championship game between the same two teams and winning the second state title in the history of the Prince George’s County school.

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March 14, 2013

Boys Basketball: Magruder Tops Poly in State Semifinal

by Eric Meany

Seniors Justin Witmer (left) and J.J. Epps will finish their high school careers playing for a second consecutive state championship Saturday.

Seniors Matt Ricketts (left) and J.J. Epps will finish their high school careers playing for a second consecutive state championship.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The defending state champion Magruder High School boys basketball team got 17 points and 10 rebounds from senior forward Justin Witmer and used stifling defensive pressure to defeat Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 62-50, in the semifinal round of the Class 4A MPSSAA tournament at the Comcast Center on Thursday.

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March 11, 2013

News and Notes: Monday, March 11

  • Magruder 47, Quince Orchard 30 (Boys Basketball): Senior Nick Griffin led all scorers with 16 points to give the defending state champions the 4A West regional title Friday. [Washington Post] / “It was kind of like David and Goliath,” Quince Orchard coach Paul Foringer said. “Only David forgot to bring his sling.” [Gaithersburg Patch] / The Colonels allowed the Cougars only one point in the first quarter. [The Gazette]
  • Poly 57, Paint Branch 47 (Boys Basketball): The Panthers led, 45-43, with four minutes remaining but couldn’t hold on. [The Gazette]
  • Oakdale 61, Poolesville 53 (Boys Basketball): Zach Thomas scored 32 points to lead Oakdale to its first regional championship. [Frederick News Post] / Collin Turner led the Falcons with 17 points. [The Gazette]
  • Poly 33, Whitman 32 (Girls Basketball): Whitman couldn’t set up for a 3-pointer and settled for a layup as time expired to fall one point short in the Class 4A State Semifinals on Thursday. [Baltimore Sun]
  • Aberdeen 71, Damascus 50 (Girls Basketball): Damascus fell behind, 11-1, to start the game and fell to Aberdeen in their Class 3A State Semifinal matchup. [The Gazette]