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By Will Birks
Special to The Sentinel
SILVER SPRING — Connor Walsh threw three shutout innings, striking out six, as Wootton High School’s baseball team blew out Springbrook, winning 10-1 on March 30.
Wootton got the game started off with a bang, scoring six runs in the top of the first. The Patriots were able to easily make their way around the bases with four walks by Springbrook’s starting pitcher Sam Monser.
However, there were a number of errors in the infield that allowed for runners to easily get on base as well with numerous infielders missing routine ground plays allowing for Wootton to easily advance.
“Our pitchers played outstanding,” said Springbrook Head Coach Matt Pflieger. “They got the outs they needed, defensively we just couldn’t support them.”
Wootton’s bats would not stay that hot throughout the game though as they only recorded four more runs through the next six innings. As a result, the Patriots had to rely on their pitching and defense in order to keep the lead.
“Defense was really good today,” said Wootton Head Coach JD Marchand. “We were able to hold them to only one run which was great, I think what we have to do going forward is to hit better with runners in scoring position though.”
After Monser was relieved, Springbrook was able to slow down the Patriot attack by allowing only two runs in the final two innings and stepping up their defense. They did not commit as many errors as there were earlier in the game
Once Walsh was relieved, Jacob Glazier came in late for a very strong performance in the final two innings by recording five strikeouts, three walks and one run allowed.
With the only run coming due to a couple of mistakes from Glazier allowing two hits and walking one. With a wild pitch allowed for the Blue Devils to have an easy score, their only of the game.
Wootton was led on offense by second baseman Nate Bowman who went 2-for-3 on the day with a single, home run and an RBI sacrifice fly. Center fielder Miller Room had a great day at the plate as well, with a double and two singles.
“We just need to stay focused,” said Pflieger. “The way our pitchers threw today we shouldn’t have one run put upon us.”
Springbrook struggled to get on base, the biggest spark came from centerfielder Steven Niepa who got on base three times with two walks and a single.
“We needed to do better with just routine plays,” said Niepa. “We just need to know what we have to do when the ball is hit to us.”
The Patriots pick up their second win, their first victory since the opener, improving to 2-2. Springbrook picks up their third straight loss of the year and remains winless at 0-3.