The Rundown: Ertlschweiger’s Relief Work Helps No. 7 Seahawks Rally at Herndon

March 30 - Braden Huebsch had three hits while Nick Turletes and Jack Howard homered as No. 7 South Lakes rallied from a 3-0 second-inning deficit for a 7-3 win at Herndon last night.

In a game featuring two teams that entered unbeaten, the Hornets (5-1, overall, 0-1 Liberty District) struck first on a Mike Jones homer to left in the bottom of the first before adding two unearned runs in the second. The Seahawks (5-0, 1-0) would then respond by scoring in each of the next four frames and got a big lift from freshman Ryan Ertlschweiger, who entered with one out in the second and would earn the win after striking out nine and scattering three hits in 5.2 innings of relief work.

A two-run homer by Turletes cut the South Lakes deficit to 3-2 in the third, then the Seahawks took the lead by manufacturing two runs in the fourth, then added one in the fifth on Garrett O’Connor’s sacrifice fly. In the sixth, Howard connected on a solo shot and Clayton Long was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force in the game’s final run.

“I’m really proud of our guys and the way they battled tonight, and all season really,” South Lakes coach Morgan Spencer said. “Going down three early in a rivalry game, against an undefeated team on the road, that’s tough. But our guys stuck together, we had some big hits, we executed, we played good defense and [Ertlschweiger] shined on the bump.”

The Seahawks had a quick turnaround, traveling to Centreville this afternoon for a make-up contest that was rained out last week. Herndon plays next on Tuesday at Washington-Lee.

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

No. 1 Battlefield 3, C.D. Hylton 1 - Peter Benavides went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI while Craig Miles, Zach Agnos and Adam Kuzmicki added two hits apiece as the Bobcats took a 2-0 first-inning lead and held on for their sixth straight win to begin the season. Jackson Baird allowed one run in five innings to earn the win, while Trevor Harris struck out the side in a scoreless seventh to earn the save. Nick Ericsson went 3-for-3 to pace the Bulldogs.

No. 2 Potomac 19, Freedom-Woodbridge 0 - The Panthers’ pitching staff extended its hitless streak to 25 innings and posted its fourth shutout while improving to 6-0 this season. Brody Mack fanned eight in three innings and Josue Cumba struck out four in two innings and the two hurlers combined to retire each of the Eagles’ 15 batters in order. Mack was 2-for-2 with two walks and three RBI and his brother, Braden, went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Cumba and Ben Thomas also had three hits apiece.

No. 3 Lake Braddock 11, Robinson 5 - Bobby Leitzel and Mike Weidinger each had two hits and combined for eight RBI and Connor O’Grady-Walsh homered as the Bruins responded with 10 runs over the second and third innings after falling behind, 3-0, in the first. Weidinger recovered after the rough start to go four innings and earn the win. The Rams got two hits each from Max Henry and Warren Holzemer.

No. 4 Patriot 10, Riverside 9 - The Pioneers built a 6-0 lead in the second inning and held on after the Rams rallied late. After Nick Connolly’s two-out RBI double plated Riverside’s third run of the inning, A.J. Escobar struck out Philip Barbe to strand the potential game-tying run at second and earn the save. Conor Jersey drove in three runs while Riley Eikhoff and Kyle VanDenburg drove in two apiece for Patriot. The Rams’ Kyle VanDenburg was 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Chantilly 3, No. 5 Madison 0 - Dylan Siesky was 3-for-3 and hit two solo home runs and Nicholas Zampiello pitched a two-hit shutout with five strikeouts to lead the Chargers in the Concorde District opener for both teams. Connor Pennell added two hits for Chantilly. Matt Howat struck out seven, but took the loss after surrendering three runs (two earned) in five innings.

Briar Woods 6, No. 6 Freedom-South Riding 3 - Evan Smith was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI and Jacob Weaver added two hits as the Falcons won their second straight in a rematch of last year’s Region 5C championship game. Tyler Woody scattered four hits and allowed two runs (one earned) in five innings to pick up the win. Brandon Egress paced the Eagles with two hits.

No. 8 Westfield 2, Oakton 0 - Danny Leo and Joe Clancy combined for 13 strikeouts and as the Bulldogs posted their fifth straight shutout to begin the season. Leo drove in the game’s first run on a ground out in the bottom of the sixth, and Justin Ritz followed with an RBI single to hand Westfield an insurance run. Seth Richards fanned seven in five innings, but took the loss after allowing two runs on three hits.

No. 10 Bishop O’Connell 4, St. Albans (D.C.) 0 - Corey Knauf pitched a two-hit shutout and Eddie Eisert went 2-for-3 with a triple and four steals to lead the Knights to their third straight win. Riley O’Donovan added two hits and two RBI and Peter Colevas and Jake Berry also had two hits each for O’Connell.

Top 10 Today: No. 7 South Lakes at Centreville; No. 9 Episcopal at Collegiate; No. 10 Bishop O’Connell at McDonogh (MD)

Other Games: Aidan Henning struck out eight over five innings to improve to 3-0 while Nathan Knowles homered and Josh Jones and Ben Koomey combined for five hits and five RBI in Yorktown’s 8-1 win over McLean … Jimmy Curley had 12 strikeouts in a complete-game effort while adding two hits as West Potomac beat T.C. Williams, 6-1 … Anthony Puma had four RBI to lead Broad Run to a 12-2 win over Potomac Falls … A.J. Zeak homered and Aidan Henderson earned the win in Colonial Forge’s 15-4 win over Brooke Point … David Giorgis homered, Justin Nelson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Jeffrey Beavers was 2-for-3 with two RBI as West Springfield beat Fairfax, 16-0 … Tre Williams struck out six in five innings to earn the win in and wen 3-for-4 with an RBI in South County’s 7-0 win over W.T. Woodson … Logan Yi had two RBI and James Owens allowed just two hits in five innings to earn the decision in Champe’s 5-1 win over Rock Ridge … Logan Watts struck out 10 in five innings to earn the win while A.J. Tuttle went 3-for-3 with four RBI in Hayfield’s 12-3 win over Mount Vernon … Joey Vogatsky struck out six over a two-inning save and Zach Ewald went five innings to earn the win as Kettle Run beat James Wood, 7-2 … Chase Stoltmann permitted two hits and allowed one unearned run in six innings while Dominick Proctor went 2-for-3 with an RBI and earned the save in Forest Park’s 2-1 win over Woodbridge.

Photo of Ryan Dooley courtesy of South Lakes Baseball