Coming off their first loss of the season, JV baseball gains momentum in impressive win over Bengals
By Katherine Duncan
APRIL 20, BLAZER STADIUM—
The Blazers beat the Blake Bengals 18-8 today, coming back from a devastating loss against Damascus on Saturday. Despite a slow start and mistakes in the field, the Blair squad made up for everything at bat, scoring an impressive eighteen runs. The team's record is now 5-1.
Sophomore Doug Friedman started as pitcher, but was replaced by sophomore Max Epstein in the third inning. The Blazers got off to a "flat" start, according to sophomore co-captain Avi Wolfman-Arent, letting Blake score three runs because of errors, and losing 0-6 by the bottom of end of the top of the first inning. The team managed to score two runs in the bottom of the first inning, trailing Blake by four.
Field play improved in the second inning and the Blazers gave up only one run. The team continued to do well offensively, scoring three more runs. Sophomore co-captain Lee Shields demonstrated hard work and determination as catcher, sprinting to catch a crooked foul ball for the third out in the top of the third inning.
Epstein excelled as pitcher in the fourth inning, keeping Blake at bay. Both Wolfman-Arent and Shields scored on an error, tying up the game, 7-7.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, sophomore Jesse Mueller hit a solid triple deep into the outfield, sending two runners home. The following three hitters, Morris, Shields, and freshmen Jason Meer, all hit the ball well, sending three more runners home. The Blazers scored a total of five runs in the inning, now beating Blake 12-8.
The team continued to turn things around in the sixth inning, not letting any Blake players on base at the top of the inning, and consistent batting at the bottom of the inning. Blair scored six more runs during the inning, for a final score of 18-8.
Wolfman-Arent remained optimistic about the game, despite its rough start. "Once we realized we were in the hole we pulled together and out bats caught fire." Wolfman-Arent is pleased with the way the team is hitting the ball and their overall performance so far. He is also confident about the rest of the season. "I think we can be highly competitive as the season goes on," he said.
The Blazers play at Magruder on Thursday, April 22 at 3:30.