March 21 - West Potomac’s No. 9 hitter, Jacob Trumbo, hit a walk-off single up the middle as the Wolverines overcame a 3-0 deficit in a 4-3 win over No. 6 Bishop O’Connell last night in Alexandria.
After pinch runner Liam Airey stole second base, Trumbo drove an 0-2 offering from Eddie Eisert up the middle to score Airey and give West Potomac (1-1) its first win under new coach Jimmy Linza. The loss was the first of the season for the Knights (2-1).
“Very happy to see us compete unselfishly against such tough opponents,” Linza said. “Our guys showed a lot of heart to come back and beat them this afternoon. Hopefully, we can build on this and continue to get better and better.”
O’Connell senior right-hander Will Pickford, a Virginia Tech recruit, was perfect though three innings before handing off to reliever Brandon Kim, who kept the Wolverines from reaching base until Henry Dean drew a walk to open the sixth. After Aidan Sanderson singled, Trumbo bunted the two runners into scoring position and Alex Grove and Eli Owens followed with back-to-back RBI singles.
Eisert, a junior two-way standout committed to N.C. State, then relieved and would surrender a bases-loaded walk to tie the game and set up the Wolverines’ dramatics in the bottom of the seventh.
West Potomac junior lefty Adam Fischer fanned eight and permitted one run In four innings and would take the no-decision. Alex Grove, who got the final four outs, earned the win. Peter Colevas, Jake Berry and Riley O’Donovan each had three hits for the Knights.
Here are recaps of Tuesday’s games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:
No. 5 Lake Braddock 12, No. 2 Madison 2 - Mike Weidinger and reliever Noah Adcock-Howeth combined to limit the Warhawks to four hits and the Bruins took advantage of four errors that led to eight unearned runs for their second straight win to open the season. Andrew Schaeb and Jay Cassady each had two hits and two RBI to pace Lake Braddock, while Madison’s Chris Polymeropoulos went 2-for-3 with an RBI.
No. 3 Freedom-South Riding 8, Woodgrove 4 - Drew Caroline was 2-for-3 with a double, Cole Novoa drove in three runs and Michael Meglio had a two-run double as the Eagles snapped a two-game skid. Brady Drawbaugh and Wyatt Miles had two hits apiece for the Wolverines.
No. 4 Potomac 22, Gar-Field 0 - Brody Mack fanned seven in four hitless innings and Josue Cumba struck out two in a perfect fifth before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule. Braden Mack was 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI and Ben Thomas doubled twice and drove in two runs for the Panthers, which won their third straight to open the season.
No. 8 South Lakes 9, South County 2 - Clayton Long went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI, Garrett O’Connor was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI and Ryan Dooley reached and scored four times and stole two bags as the Seahawks won their third straight to begin the spring. South Lakes pitchers Jack Thompson and Shane Stiehl combined for 12 strikeouts. Mike Robinson and Tre Williams each had two hits for the Stallions.
No. 10 Westfield 12, Hayfield 0 - The Bulldogs posted their third straight shutout to begin the season, getting three innings from Jason Cheifetz and one apiece from Derek Furr and Danny Leo while holding the Hawks to two hits before the game was called due to the 10-run mercy rule. Kevin Mackmin was 2-for-2 with a walk, double and four RBI while Nick Lottchea and Brian Sanders each added two hits.
Here are recaps of yesterday’s games involving teams from the Northern Virginia Top 10 Poll:
No. 2 Madison 6, Marshall 3 - Zach Perkins and Ryan Murphy combined for 12 strikeouts and the Warhawks rallied from a 3-1 deficit a night after suffering their first loss of the season. Patrick Casey drove home the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Chris Polymeropoulos, who had tied the game with an RBI single earlier in the inning. Alex Hakim and Danny Hoffman had Marshall’s two hits.
No. 9 Episcopal 15, Bishop Ireton 1 - John Moses was 2-for-2 with two walks, three runs and two RBI as the Maroon won their fifth straight to open the season and reached double-digits in runs for the fourth time. David Rondeau was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Thomas Windels scattered four hits over five innings before the game as called due to the 10-run mercy rule. Andrew Luzik drove in the Cardinals’ run.
Other Games: Seth Richards went five innings and reliever Jack Whipp went two for the save as the two Oakton hurlers combined for 11 strikeouts and a no-hitter in a 3-0 win over W.T. Woodson … Magnus Ellerts and Jack Lamb combined for 15 strikeouts while limiting Colgan to one hit in Woodbridge’s 7-5 win over the Sharks … Jaden Isidro was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI to lead Brooke Point to a 6-4 win over Osbourn Park. A.J. Shepard was 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Yellow Jackets … Cole Reddington was 2-for-4 with a triple and four RBI to lead Osboun to a 10-0 win over Mount Vernon.
Photo of Adam Fischer courtesy of West Potomac Baseball