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Wheaton wins double victory in doubleheader against rival Kennedy

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On fire against neighborhood rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKOn fire against rival Kennedy, Kelvin Pedroza pitched all five innings in the Wheaton Knights’ 15-2 win of game two. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  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.”

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Whitman baseball team gets payback with defeat of WJ Wildcats

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Whitman Vikings’ Sam Mermelstein (15) makes it back to second base after taking a bit too much of a lead on WJ Wildcats second baseman Ian Rickles (3). PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHWhitman Vikings’ Sam Mermelstein (15) makes it back to second base after taking too much of a lead on WJ Wildcats second baseman Ian Rickles (3).  PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  BETHESDA — In the second matchup between varsity baseball teams the Whitman Vikings and the Walter Johnson Wildcats, the visiting Whitman offense started out hot, taking an early lead and never looking back as they took down Walter Johnson on their home turf, 10-7.

The Vikings came into the 2017 playoffs as the number one seed in their section, only to lose to the Wildcats in the second round of the playoffs. Then, in the first meeting between Whitman and WJ this season, the Wildcats emerged victorious once again in extra innings. Whitman coach TJ Caswell, filling in for head coach Joe Cassidy for this game, said the Vikings were ready to finally get payback.

“They have a little bitter taste in their mouth. We played them in the playoffs. We lost. We got our teeth kicked in. We wanted to come back this year and own Bethesda,” said Caswell.

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G. Prep’s pitching dominates St. Albans in 4-0 victory

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G Prep vs. St. AlbansBETHESDA — “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.

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Blake takes first win with 15-5 victory over Knights

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Blake senior Phoenix Spiller heads to the plate for another Blake run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFEBlake senior Phoenix Spiller heads to the plate for another Blake run. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  SILVER SPRING — The Blake Bengals varsity baseball team notched its first win of the season in dramatic fashion on Friday by defeating the visiting Wheaton Knights 15-5 at Bengal Field.

The Bengals jumped out to an early lead after a prolific third inning and followed it up with an equally prolific fourth inning to put the Knights away in five.

Blake senior pitcher Phoenix Spiller was instrumental in his team’s victory, registering a game-high four RBI. Senior Anthony Wall and freshmen Jared Pollack and Mathew Lopez each finished with two RBI.

Knights freshman catcher Kelvin Pedroza led his team with three RBI in a losing effort.

Wheaton head coach Jim Bort attributed his team’s loss to two factors: overconfidence and lack of focus on the fundamentals.

“Our fielding was not good at all tonight. We have a lot of work to do there and they kind of exposed us tonight,” said Bort. “I don’t know if we felt overconfident after our win [against Northwood on Tuesday] or if we just didn’t execute the fundamentals. I think it was a combination of both.”

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Sherwood cements its place at the top with 5-2 win over Poolesville

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Poolesville Falcons vs. Sherwood WarriorsSANDY SPRING — In its first four games of the 2018 season, the Sherwood Warriors has been put up to difficult challenges in every contest.

This varsity baseball team, however, has aced every single one.

Facing the visiting Poolesville Falcons, the number two-ranked team in Montgomery County and the defending 3A state champions, the home team fell behind early, but behind a dominant pitching performance, and an offensive jolt from the two stars of the lineup, the Sherwood Warriors remained undefeated, and firmly took their place as the top team in Montgomery County, defeating Poolesville 5-2.

“We knew we had to do a lot of things right to be in the game,” Sherwood head coach Sean Davis said. “And the kids came through.”

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B-CC Barons come from behind to knock off Poolesville

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Matthew Convers of Poolesville gets the tag at the plate on B-CC's Joe Eisenberg. B-CC came back to win the game 5-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARKMatthew Convers of Poolesville gets the tag at the plate on B-CC's Joe Eisenberg. B-CC came back to win the game 5-4. PHOTO BY MIKE CLARK  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.

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MC Raptors swoop to doubleheader victory against PGCC Owls

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CUT (DD5A5430a.JPG): Montgomery College Raptors’ Ryan Boland (24) swings for the fences in game two of the doubleheader. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITHMontgomery College Raptors’ Ryan Boland (24) swings for the fences in game two of the doubleheader. PHOTO BY GEORGE SMITH  GERMANTOWN — Montgomery College Raptors teammates Michael Hovermill and Harold Marte had some extra incentive in MC’s doubleheader victory Saturday against the Prince George’s Community College Owls, as the Raptors won the first game, 11-4, then came back in game two to win 12-10.

Hovermill, a pitcher, and Marte, a first baseman, were teammates at PGCC last season but transferred to Montgomery College for the 2018 campaign.

“This is the best program I’ve seen run,” said Marte. “We get after it in practice. We know what to do. Guys can handle at bat. We get on base. We play defense. We can pitch. I’ve nothing but great things to say about the program. I’m happy I came here for sure.”

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Landon baseball gets first win of the season over Sidwell Friends, 8-2

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The Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate. PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITHThe Landon dugout celebrates after Dane Camphausen (20) crosses home plate.          PHOTO BY GEORGE P. SMITH  BETHESDA — Behind a dominant performance from pitcher Alexander DeNovio, the Landon Bears picked up their first win of the 2018 season over the Sidwell Friends Quakers by an 8-2 score.

Despite a delayed start on a very cold day, and even some snow, the Bears dominated the Quakers. In the second inning, Matthew Sicoli got the Bears started with a hard hit single to center field. Beginning with Landon’s Daraun Gray two batters later, five consecutive Bears reached base on balls, ultimately driving in three runs. These walks were followed by a three RBI double off the bat of John Cope down the third base line, increasing Landon’s lead to 6-0 in the second inning.

With a sizable lead intact, DeNovio settled in, and pitched a fantastic game. In fact, DeNovio tossed a no-hitter during his six innings pitched, and ultimately recorded the win. DeNovio had four strikeouts during his outing. Only three runners reached base during DeNovio’s six innings.

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Big Train demolish Redbirds 14-3 in CRL Championship Game One

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BETHESDA—Game One of the Cal Ripken League Championship series took place Thursday night as the top-seeded Bethesda Big Train, appearing in their ninth consecutive finals, hosted the number two-seeded Baltimore Redbirds. The Big Train would dominate for the majority of the game as they crushed the Redbirds 14-3 at Shirley Povich Field to take a 1-0 series lead.

In the top of the first, though, things looked bright for Baltimore when third baseman Andy Maguire hit a sacrifice fly, as shortstop AJ Lee was able to avoid the tag by Bethesda catcher Justin Morris on his way to home plate, as the Redbirds took an early 1-0 lead.

The bottom of the first is when the fun began. Big Train star outfielder James Outman doubled off the center field wall to drive in a run scored by outfielder Zach Jancarski that tied the game at 1-1. That followed with shortstop Luke Heyer hitting a sac fly to right field to score outfielder Jordan Sergent, which put Bethesda up 2-1.

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Big Train wins second consecutive Cal Ripken League title

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JGS 4281Closing pitcher Stephen Schoch is surrounded by teammates after the Bethesda Big Train defeat the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2 in the Cal Ripken League Championship game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH   BETHESDA – The Bethesda Big Train won the 2017 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Championship for the second year in a row Sunday night after beating the Baltimore Redbirds 4-2.

The Baltimore Redbirds won the previous Game Two in Baltimore to force a winner-takes-all Game Three at Shirley Povich Field Sunday. The Bethesda Big Train came through with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Big Train pitcher Tyler Smith appeared dominant on the mound, getting three consecutive batters out in each of the first three innings

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