The Rundown: No. 9 Episcopal edges Flint Hill, 1-0, in 12-inning Pitchers’ Duel

March 29 - Episcopal’s undefeated run to begin the season continued in dramatic fashion yesterday in Alexandria when freshman Piers Luscombe scored the game’s lone run on a throwing error in the bottom of the 12th inning, giving the No. 9 Maroon a 1-0 win over visiting Flint Hill.

Luscombe, pinch running after first baseman David Rondeau led off the inning with a single, stole second and was there with two outs when shortstop John Moses, Episcopal’s No. 3 hitter, stepped to the plate with two outs against Huskies reliever Kevin Kuykendall. Luscombe broke for third on Kuykendall’s 1-1 offering to Moses, then came in to score when catcher L.A. Rice’s throw got away.

The pitching duel featured a combined 41 strikeouts between the two clubs. Both starters, Flint Hill’s O’Kelley McWilliams and Moses, fanned 14 over seven innings before being removed when the game went to extra innings. McWilliams walked two and allowed two hits, while Moses surrendered three hits and didn’t walk a batter. Jacob Morgan earned the win after striking out seven and allowing two hits over five innings of relief, while Kuykendall took the hard-luck loss despite fanning six and allowing just one hit in 4.2 innings.

Rondeau and McWilliams each had two hits to pace their respective teams.

"Just a really well-played game by both teams with guys laying out and making plays all over the field, and pitchers really competing on the mound,” Maroon coach Chris Warren said. “[Flint Hill coach Tom] Verbanic always does such a great job getting his teams ready to play and yesterday was no exception.

“They walked us off last year and this year, we were fortunate enough to find a way to earn the win."

Episcopal (7-0) will look to remain perfect when it travels to Interstate Athletic Conference (IAC) rival St. Albans (D.C.) tomorrow, while the Huskies (4-5) will look to snap a four-game losing streak when they host one of the state’s top VISAA Division I teams, St. Christopher’s, tomorrow afternoon.

Here is a recap of yesterday’s other game involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:

No. 10 Bishop O’Connell 10, Elsinore (CA) 4 - Jake Berry was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI and Peter Colevas added two hits and an RBI while striking out eight over 4.1 innings as the Knights beat the visitors from California. Riley O’Donovan, Brandon Kim, James Ebron, Eddie Eisert and Berry each drove in runs during O’Connell’s seven-run third inning.  

Top 10 Today: No. 1 Battlefield at C.D. Hylton; No. 2 Potomac at Freedom-Woodbridge; No. 3 Lake Braddock at Robinson; Riverside at No. 4 Patriot; No. 5 Madison at Chantilly; Briar Woods at No. 6 Freedom-South Riding; No. 7 South Lakes at Herndon; Oakton at No. 8 Westfield; No. 10 Bishop O’Connell at St. Albans (D.C.)

Other Games: David Gingras hit a walk-off single to give Loudoun Valley a 3-2 win over Loudoun County and Vikings coach Wayne Todd his 500th career victory. Todd led Loudoun Valley to the 3A state championship in 2014 and led Broad Run to a Group AA state title in 1991 … Jonathan Olsberg’s three-run double gave Spotsylvania a 3-2 walk-off win over Chancellor … Bryce Hartman tossed a complete game and Joey Marsh went 2-for-4 with four RBI as Park View beat John Handley, 8-2, for its first win … Aidan Cunningham struck out eight over five shutout innings in Fall Church’s 10-0 win over Wakefield. Tyler James had three hits for the Jaguars … Heritage improved to 4-0 with a 4-1 win over Riverside, getting six strikeouts in five innings from Dylan Saale and homers from Saale and Ben Nehring … Nick Lockhart struck out 14 in a two-hit shutout as Woodgrove beat Dominion, 8-0.

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