POOLESVILLE — Damascus head coach Scott Frye said he had “no doubt” about sending Connor Manion out to the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning, protecting a one-run lead against Poolesville.
The decision worked out perfectly for the visiting Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets, as Manion slammed the door shut in the bottom of the seventh, sealing a win for Damascus.
Manion’s bottom of the seventh finished off a complete game for the senior pitcher, a performance which led the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 5-4 victory over the Falcons.
Poolesville and Damascus are regarded as two of the top three teams in Montgomery County, and thus it was no surprise to see each team to put star starting pitchers on the mound. For Poolesville, it was preseason all-state selection and High Point commit Brady Pearre, while Damascus chose St. Mary’s commit Manion.
“It’s preparation throughout the week,” Frye said of facing Pearre.