The Rundown: Eisert’s Big Day Leads O’Connell Past Jefferson, 7-0

March 14 - Eddie Eisert went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI while Peter Colevas and Will Pickford combined for 14 strikeouts and a three-hit shutout as Bishop O’Connell opened its season with a 7-0 win at Jefferson last night.

Eisert, an N.C. State recruit and a first-team All-WCAC selection last spring, connected on a solo shot in the top of the third inning to break a scoreless tie, and the aggressive Knights stole nine bases while scoring in each of the final five frames against four Colonial pitchers. Colevas and Chris Black also had run-scoring hits.

Colevas fanned eight while allowing one hit over four scoreless innings to earn the win. Pickford, a Virginia Tech signee, struck out six in three innings. O’Connell opens its conference schedule on Saturday at Good Counsel (MD).

Here are recaps of yesterday’s games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:

No. 6 Potomac 11, Stonewall Jackson 1 - Brody Mack drove in three runs and permitted one run on three hits over four innings to earn the decision in a game halted early by the 10-run mercy rule. Josue Cumba fanned three in a scoreless inning of relief, and Matt Drumgold had three hits to pace the Panthers. Mark Klein had two hits for the Raiders.

South Lakes 6, No. 8 Chantilly 5 - Garrett O’Connor hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth to give the Seahawks an upset win in the season-opener for both teams. Ryan Dooley went 3-for-3 with two walks, a double, triple and two RBI to pace South Lakes offensively, while Shane Stiehl tossed four scoreless innings to earn the win. Kyle Hodinko went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI for the Chargers, who used seven pitchers.

Georgetown Prep (MD) 5, No. 9 Paul VI Catholic 2 - Four Little Hoyas pitchers combined on a no-hitter as the Panthers dropped their second straight to open the season. Richie Smiechowski took the loss after allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits over three innings. Bradley Gagen, a freshman left-hander committed to Virginia, made his high school debut and struck out two over 1.2 scoreless innings of relief.

Top 10 Today: Forest Park at No. 1 Battlefield; No. 3 Freedom-South Riding at No. 4 Riverside

Other Games: Jake DeLisi and Vince DiMauro combined for eight strikeouts and didn’t allow a hit in a 11-0 win over Skyline that was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule. Luke Binsted was 2-for-3 with a triple and three RBI to pace the Tigers’ offense … Tyler James had three hits in Falls Church’s 6-3 win over School Without Walls (D.C.) … Nick Davis struck out seven and allowed one unearned run over 4.2 innings and Chase Stoltmann had two hits to pace Forest Park in a 3-1 win over Osbourn Park … Aiden Tierney went 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI and Jake Wortman, A.J. Zeak, Aidan Henderson and Tim Chamernik also had two hits as Colonial Forge beat Mountain View, 14-4.

Photo of Eddie Eisert courtesy of Bishop O’Connell Baseball