QO Cougars defeat Clarksburg in baseball playoffs, 7-3

Despite Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams attempt at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank maintained focus and retired both runners. PHOTO BY  MIKE CLARKDespite an attempt by Clarksburg Coyotes' Andrew Abrams at breaking up a double-play, Quince Orchard shortstop Ethan Frank kept his focus, and retired both runners.             PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  GAITHERSBURG — The visiting Clarksburg Coyotes came up short Tuesday against the Quince Orchard Cougars varsity baseball team.

Quince Orchard scored five runs in the first inning en route to a 7-3 victory over the Coyotes.

The Cougars were led by Ethan Frank who registered an RBI single in the first inning along with Alec Sbily and Bryan Gurcan.

Sbily, a junior, had an RBI single in the first inning and Gurcan, also a junior, recorded an RBI single in the third inning for Quince Orchard.

The Cougars held a 7-1 advantage in the sixth inning before Clarksburg staged a late rally.

Nick DiRico’s RBI double enabled Joey Perkins and Hunter Powell to score runs to cut the deficit but solid pitching from the Cougars kept Clarksburg at bay.

Ethan Frank was replaced on the mound in the sixth inning by Nathan Moore who was solid in relief.

Meanwhile, Clarksburg ended their season on a sour note despite a promising outlook at the beginning of the year.

“The season was a success,” said Clarksburg head coach Matthew Derrick. “I don’t think our record speaks to the true testament to the type of team that we have.”

Despite finishing the campaign with a subpar record, the Coyotes were guided this season by the performance of seniors Jacob Thompson and Michael Roenick along with Kervin Yanes.

Nathan Proctor, a sophomore pitcher, was phenomenal on the mound in the Coyotes’ postseason win over Wootton according to Derrick who revealed that the tenth grader tossed 71 pitches in seven innings.

“That’s crazy,” said Derrick. “He was very efficient that day.”

The Coyotes, who finished with a 9-10 record, advanced farther in the postseason than any other Clarksburg baseball team ever but the loss still hurts.

“I’m going to let this one sink in,” said Derrick. “I’m looking forward to the future.”

However, the Cougars will travel to Bethesda-Chevy Chase on Friday in a 4A West Regional championship game.

The Barons boast senior Sebastian Mieses who many insiders consider to be among Montgomery County’s elite.

Mieses, who has been B-CC’s starting centerfielder since his freshman campaign, has committed to play Division I college baseball at Mount Saint Mary’s. He was also named to the preseason All-State team by the Maryland State Association of Baseball Coaches.

“In my opinion,” said Quince Orchard head coach Jason Gasaway, “he’s the best all-around player in the county. There’s nobody who plays defense and hits as well as he does. And he’s a quality kid, too.”



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