POOLESVILLE — Bethesda-Chevy Chase Barons head coach John Schmidt called his varsity baseball team to a huddle outside of the third base dugout at Poolesville High School after the bottom of the second inning. The Poolesville Falcons had just taken the lead on the heels of four errors in the second inning.
“We can’t beat ourselves,” Schmidt told the team in that huddle.
The Barons heeded Schmidt’s words, cleaned up their play, came together as a team, and rallied back into the game.
It took extra innings on a cold and wet April Tuesday afternoon, but the B-CC Barons edged out the Poolesville Falcons with a come-from-behind victory of 5-4 in eight innings, as B-CC center fielder and preseason All-State selection Sebastian Mieses provided the game-winning hit. In a battle of two of the top three teams in Montgomery County, the B-CC Barons beat the Poolesville Falcons.
“It took maximum effort from everybody to get this win and I’m so super excited for the rest of the season because now we know we can beat anybody,” B-CC outfielder and pitcher Jamie Mills said.
This early season matchup between B-CC and Poolesville featured the top starting pitchers for both teams. B-CC started junior James Springer (committed to Fordham) and Poolesville started preseason All-State selection senior Brady Pearre (committed to High Point).
Springer struggled early during his outing. He made a fielding error on the second batter of the second inning, and everything began to unravel from there. B-CC committed four errors in the inning, allowing Poolesville to score two runs, and take a 2-1 lead over B-CC. Springer continued to struggle in the third inning, and Pearre launched an RBI triple long past Mieses and one hopped the wall in the dead center. Pearre scored on a sacrifice fly making the score 4-1.
In the top of the fourth inning, after being dominated by Pearre through the first three innings, the Barons finally found life. Kickstarted by an Adwyn Viera double, B-CC rallied in the fourth inning. Jed Alterman hit a two RBI double to right field to make the score 4-3, just before Pearre was pulled from the game. B-CC tied the game when, on a dropped third strike with Mills at the plate, the Poolesville catcher was unable to find the ball, threw to first late, and thus allowed Alterman, who was on third, to score.
“We answered right back, took a few pitches, got guys on, played a little small ball,” Schmidt said of the Barons fourth inning.
Mills took over in relief of Springer in the fifth inning, coming into a bases-loaded jam with one out. Mills quickly struck out Poolesville’s Ryan Kasten before getting Colin Metz to hit a ground ball right back to him on the mound, getting out of the danger unscathed.
“I knew he had my back,” Springer said of Mills, “I knew he wasn’t going to let me down.”
Mills came through in the clutch, working out of jams in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings of the game.
“He showed us in preseason that he wanted to pitch a little bit more this year…In the last inning, he’s going against their 2-3-4 guys, those guys are studs, and he didn’t back down,” Schmidt said of Mills.
The game remained tied at four through the seventh inning. The game headed to extra innings, and in the top of the eighth, the Barons broke through.
Viera was again the kickstarter for the rally, walking to lead off the inning, and getting Poolesville to pull Luke Trythall, who had pitched very well in relief, out of the game. Viera then stole second with John Hemmer at the plate. Hemmer reached on a walk, and Alterman was able to advance the runners with a sacrifice.
That set the stage for Mieses, the star of the Barons lineup, to drive in the go-ahead run.
Mieses did just that, shooting a hard ground ball up the middle, which Poolesville was unable to field cleanly. Mieses reached with an infield hit, and Viera came home to score.
“Yeah,” Schmidt said immediately when asked if he knew Mieses would step up, “100 percent. He’s the type of guy that expects it from himself…He was itching, he’s ready to go.”
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