By Katherine Duncan
MARCH 22, BLAZER STADIUM—
The Blazers opened their season today with a 11-1 win against the Einstein Titans. While there were no stars of the game, the Blazers attribute their strong win to sophomore co-captain Lee Shields' solid consistency at catcher and sophomore Max Epstein's outstanding excellence as pitcher. Sophomore Sam Morris was a solid hitter, along with freshmen Keith Ingram and Adam Kopp.
The two teams seemed evenly matched until the fourth inning, when the Blazers pulled ahead 7-1. Ingram set the pace for the inning when he hit a triple, and the batters after him followed Ingram's lead, scoring a total of four runs in one inning. Blair scored four more runs in the fifth and final inning, emerging victorious.
The Blazers' play supported sophomore co-captain Avi Wolfman-Arent's statement that the team is "deep in pitching and defense." Kopp started as pitcher for the first four innings and Epstein pitched in the fifth inning. Coach Richard Porac is pleased with the pitching and the number of strikeouts. "There were a lot of strikeouts," he remarked, "which is important."
Kopp not only proved his skills on the mound, but also at the plate. At the bottom of the third inning, he hit a hard line drive for an RBI. Shields also played well in the third inning, with a solid single. He stole second and scored off of Kopp's hit, a smart play that reflected the strong leadership and clever game that was evident throughout the match.
The Blazers next face Watkins Mill away on Wednesday, March 24 at 3:30.