SILVER SPRING — The Wheaton Knights varsity baseball team won both games of a doubleheader Saturday with neighborhood rival, the Kennedy Cavaliers. Wheaton claimed an 11-1 victory in the first game and captured a 15-2 win in the second game.
The Montgomery County high schools are separated by a two-mile stretch on Randolph Road.
“Everyone went to the same middle school so we’re all friendly,” said Kennedy head coach Josh Creighton, whose team fell to 0-7, “but it’s definitely a huge rivalry in every sport – Battle of Randolph.”
The visiting Knights outscored the Cavaliers en route to their second and third wins of the season.
“Our whole team performed good – from top to bottom,” said Wheaton senior captain Anushka Fernando. “Everyone performed well. We came out and we put out a performance against our rivals.”
“Wheaton baseball has struggled,” said Wheaton head coach Jim Bort. “This is the first time we’ve won three games in a season since I’ve been here and that’s six years.”
The Knights were led on the pitcher’s mound by Fernando and freshman phenom Kelvin Pedroza.
“He can play any position,” Bort said about his talented freshman. “Literally, Kelvin can play any position. He can pitch, catch, first base, any infield position, any outfield position.”
Pedroza, who pitched all five innings in the second game, finished with six strikeouts while sophomore catcher Fletcher Smith had a big game at the plate for Wheaton.
Smith compiled three hits and an RBI and Pedroza added three hits and drove in Fernando with the first run of the nightcap.
Fernando and senior outfielder Lee Roy Nchinda each scored three runs in game 2 while junior third baseman Michael DePasquale recorded two doubles against Kennedy.
“We have a freshman shortstop,” added Bort. “His name is Luc Bartusek. We’re looking forward for three and a half more good years for him.”
Wheaton’s Christian Torres, a junior second baseman, registered three hits on the afternoon including a double and 2 RBI in the second game.
“Christian has been working hard,” said Bort. “He had a good day. All my players had really, really good days.”
Fernando, who has already committed to play baseball at Macalester College in Minnesota, blasted a 350-foot home run against Kennedy.
“It feels good to see that all the hard work pays off,” said Fernando, who recorded his career home run.
“He jacked one really well,” said Bort, “and that’s his first over-the-fence home run in Montgomery County play.”
Bort was satisfied with the performance he received from the entire team including pitchers Fernando and Pedroza.
“They got us through and now we’re ready for some of the real heavyweights in the league,” he said.