March 24 - Brody Mack tossed his first career no-hitter and No. 4 Potomac made Adrian Touch’s second-inning sacrifice fly hold up in a 1-0 win over visiting Woodbridge yesterday.
Mack needed just 82 pitches, reaching just two 3-ball counts and facing two over the minimum as he earned his third win of the season. The left-hander, a William & Mary recruit, retired the first 11 Viking hitters before issuing a two-out walk to Will Pope in the fourth inning. He didn’t allow a base runner to reach scoring position and the Panthers’ ace extended their pitching staff’s scoreless streak to 20 innings.
“He is what he is, you almost can write down what he’s going to have working for him,” Potomac coach Mike Covington said of Mack, who won an area-high 11 games last year. “He stayed ahead all day long. His breaking ball has gotten better, it was too soft and he’s really worked on shortening his arm action. But he’s still 75 percent fastballs even though he doesn’t throw very hard because he’s got a lot of sink to it.”
The Panthers (4-0) enter Tuesday’s rivalry game with Forest Park having posted three consecutive shutouts and having allowed opponents to score on them just once this spring. That run came in unearned fashion on a throwing error in the fourth inning of a season-opening win against Stonewall Jackson.
“We’ve played four ballgames and we’ve walked four people, that’s the key,” said Covington, whose club has committed just one error in those contests. “We’ve been catching and it and we’ve been throwing it over the plate, that’s a good formula.”
Offensively, Potomac continues to be paced by junior center fielder Ben Thomas, who is 10-for-14 (.714) with six doubles and five RBI and was 2-for-2 yesterday. In the second inning yesterday, his lead off double led to the game’s lone run after he stole third and came in on Adrian Touch’s sacrifice fly.
Panthers senior second baseman Josue Cumba had the game’s other hit.
Here are recaps of yesterday’s games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:
No. 5 Lake Braddock 5, Hayfield 0 - Lyle Miller-Green struck out eight while earning a four-inning save and Ryan Cuadros drove in runs in each of the first two innings as the Bruins won their third straight to open the season. Starter Jay Cassady went two innings and Andrew Schaeb pitched a scoreless third as Lake Braddock held the Hawks to one hit.
Other Games: Stafford split a doubleheader with two private schools yesterday, with Elijah Lambros going 3-for-3 with two RBI to lead a 12-hit attack and Robbie Baker going the distance in a 12-2 win over Steward and Lambros adding two hits and an RBI in a 9-3 loss to Benedictine … On Friday, North Stafford managed just one hit but escaped with a 1-0 win when Robinson pitcher Kristian Asbury’s throwing error on Owen Ledford’s sacrifice bunt attempt allowed the game’s lone run to come in … On Friday, Shane Saunders went 3-for-4 with a triple, RBI and two steals and Luke Poteat drove in four runs for Osbourn Park, which totaled 19 steals in a 14-2 win over Hayfield before the game was called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule … Also on Friday, Dean Kampschror struck out five and scattered three over five scoreless innings and added two hits and an RBI in Justice’s 6-0 win over Edison.
Top 10 Tomorrow: Riverbend at No. 7 Patriot; W.T. Woodson at No. 8 South Lakes
Photo of Potomac’s Brody Mack by Michael Greene