BETHESDA — “After one of the worst losses we’ve had…you can’t blink or you’re going to have some issues,” Georgetown Prep head coach Chris Gonzalez said.
It had been two days since the Georgetown Prep Little Hoyas varsity baseball team lost by eight runs to the St. Albans Bulldogs. In need of a response, the Little Hoyas certainly didn’t blink, as their pitching dominated the Bulldogs from start to finish. Georgetown Prep combined to throw a one-hit shutout against St. Albans, and won the game 4-0.
Ethan Cosgrove got the start on the mound for Georgetown Prep. Cosgrove allowed the first hitter of the game for St. Albans to reach on an infield single, the third pitch of the game.
That would be the first and only hit the Bulldogs achieved for the rest of the game.
Cosgrove recorded one-two-three innings in the second and third, throwing just six pitches in the third inning.
St. Albans had five batters in the first, three in the second, three in the third, four in the fourth and five in the fifth. Cosgrove finished the game with five innings pitched, one hit allowed, three strikeouts and only five base runners.
“I think those guys hitting their spots and getting ahead was a big key,” Rodriguez said.
Although Georgetown Prep at the plate consistently got runners in scoring position in the first four innings, they were never able to capitalize. In the first four frames, the Little Hoyas left seven runners stranded.
In the fifth inning, however, Georgetown Prep finally broke through.
Lucas Donlon started the rally with a single, and was followed by a single from Brendon Davis. After a pickoff attempt went awry, Davis and Donlon advanced to second and third base respectively.
Catcher Max Kaye was responsible for four of the seven stranded runners the Little Hoyas had in the first four innings. This time, however, Kaye came through. Kaye ripped a line drive down the first base line, staying fair and rolling to the wall. Donlon and Davis scored easily, and Kaye raced around to third for a two RBI triple.
The next batter, Richard Sullivan, kept the rally going by hitting a single to left field, driving in Kaye. Georgetown Prep led 3-0.
In the bottom of the seventh, John Dempsey increased the Georgetown Prep lead with a home run to right field. Dempsey got under the ball, but the strong wind blowing out to right field allowed the ball to carry over the wall, pushing the lead to 4-0.
“I felt like we were striking the ball well above average today,” Rodriguez said of his lineup that hit the ball hard all game long, “and really had a good game plan. They took the approach of not over-swinging.”
In the top of the sixth inning, Tyler Goldberg was put in to relieve Cosgrove, looking to seal the game.
Like Cosgrove, Goldberg was incredibly efficient, facing four batters in the sixth, and sitting the Bulldogs down one-two-three as he slammed the door shut in the seventh, getting the save. Cosgrove recorded the win.
Georgetown Prep improved to 6-5 for the season, still in the thick of the IAC title race.
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