The Blazers were no match for the Sherwood Warriors today, as Blair was demolished, 10-2 dropping the Blazers' record to 7-5. A four-run Warrior second inning and a five-run Warrior fourth inning proved to be disastrous for the Blazers, who struggled to amass any offensive production.
Sherwood pitcher Brad Woodfield seemed to have the Blazers' number today, throwing a four hit, two run complete game, while striking out six batsmen and walking none. The Blazers were retired in order in every inning but the fourth and sixth. In fact, for the 13 at-bats, the Blazers did not hit a ball out of the infield, and Woodield was working on a perfect game 11 outs into the contest.
Conversely, Blazer pitchers were far less successful as they gave up eleven hits. A three-run double off senior Jonas Wilson in the second inning and a three-run triple off senior Kent Anderson in the fourth inning were all the offense that the Warriors needed to defeat Blair. While the Blazers improved defensively from their 10-9 victory over Magruder on April 22, their hitting and pitching ineffectiveness was too grave.
Coach John Macdonald was disappointed with his team's showing. "I'm just concerned about the way we're playing as a whole. We're playing quality opponents and we have to have more confidence in order to compete," he said.
Senior Sam Boone had the Blazers' first hit of the game in the fourth inning, and later scored on senior Danny Roman's single. Boone scored the Blazers' second run in the sixth inning when he blasted a mammoth shot over the left-field fence at an estimated 335 feet for the Blazers' first homerun of the season. Boone believes that the Blazer pitchers' inability to throw strikes and get ahead in counts led to their demise.
Unfortunately, junior Ben Nakamura was then hit on his back on the very next pitch from Woodfield. Woodfield who allowed only six baserunners, had pinpoint control up to that point. Coach John Macdonald, who felt that Nakamura had been beamed intentionally, got into a heated confrontation with his friend Sherwood Coach Billy Goodman, and even knocked off his hat. "I was trying to stand up for my team. I was going to let him know that it was a dirty play," said Macdonald.
Roman felt that the Blazers underperformed and did not play with enough determination. "I don't think we played that well. I think we were tired and we played with little emotion," he said.
The Blazers next go on the road to face Springbrook on April 27 at 3:30 p.m.
Zach Mellman. Zach Mellman was born on October 18, 1956 (he was held back once or twice). He has lived in Takoma Park, Maryland his entire life. He is currently a senior at Blair enrolled in honors classes. He is also a member of Blair's golf team, … More »