NORTH BETHESDA — With spring just around the corner, high school sports such as baseball, softball, lacrosse and track and field are about to begin their respective seasons.
On March 15, the Georgetown Prep baseball beat Anne Arundel County-based Severna Park High School 6-4 in a seven-inning scrimmage as the Little Hoyas prepare to make their mark this upcoming season.
“They’re always a really good team,” said Little Hoyas Head Coach Chris Rodriguez. “They won the state championship last year, so we were excited to have the opportunity to play them.”
Georgetown Prep got things going in the bottom of the first inning when sophomore right-fielder Cian Sahler hit a bomb to deep-right field over the fence for a two-run home run, with junior T.J. Williams scoring the other run.
But the Falcons would respond in the top of the fourth as first baseman Brendan Simonds singled to right field and drove in his teammate, Josh Horgan, to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Georgetown Prep quickly responded at their next at-bat as senior Lucas Donlon smacked a hit for a double to deep-left field and drove in two runs, but the third runner, Sahler, was called out at the plate. Nevertheless, Georgetown Prep took a commanding 4-1 lead.
“He threw me an inside fastball, and I turned on it,” said Donlon, who got two hits at the plate. “And I put it down the line, scored some runs.”
The Little Hoyas got some solid pitching from senior Jacob Kaufmann when he appeared on the mound, keeping Severna Park in check.
The Falcons kept hope alive in the top of the fifth when shortstop Jackson Merrill hit an RBI single to send home Parker Jones and cut the deficit down to two runs.
In the top of the sixth, Severna Park continued its comeback when right-fielder Jordan Hallet stepped up to the batter’s box and singled to right field, sending home Thomas McGalliard.
The Falcons’ Andrew Bashor followed, hitting a double to deep center and driving in Hallet from first base on the RBI double, tying the game at 4-4.
“We want to play the best of the best, and that’s the mindset we all have,” said Hallet. “I try to tell the guys we don’t play this game to have fun; we play to compete with the best teams possible. Fun comes in beating them.”
But Georgetown Prep broke the tie in the bottom of the sixth when the Severna Park catcher attempted a throw to second base to stop an attempted stole base by junior Andrew Rauber..
However, the throw was too high, advancing runners on base, including the go-ahead run by freshman Brock Rose. The Little Hoyas finished it off in the seventh with an RBI single from senior Travis Rinker that drove their final run in the game.
The preseason win was an example of what to expect from Georgetown Prep going into the 2019 season as Rodriguez has high expectations for his team.
Last year, Georgetown Prep made it to the Interstate Athletic Conference Championship against St. Albans, but lost in the final game.
This year, the Little Hoyas are looking to lift the trophy.
“We have a really solid senior class,” said Rodriguez. “A lot of these seniors have been with the program on the varsity level for three years now. They’ve won two regular season championships, but they want that final game.”