GREENBELT – After suffering a pair of narrow setbacks against Eleanor Roosevelt High School during the regular season, the Dr. Henry A. Wise High School baseball team exacted revenge on the defending regional champions on Monday afternoon with a 6-4 win in the 4A South Region quarterfinals. The Pumas (13-4) had dropped two previous games […]
GREENBELT – After suffering a pair of narrow setbacks against Eleanor Roosevelt High School during the regular season, the Dr. Henry A. Wise High School baseball team exacted revenge on the defending regional champions on Monday afternoon with a 6-4 win in the 4A South Region quarterfinals.
The Pumas (13-4) had dropped two previous games to the Raiders during league play this spring, falling 6-4 in the first game and 8-7 in extra innings in the second game.
On Monday the Pumas fell behind 4-0 in the first inning before making a comeback.
Roosevelt scored four runs, three earned, against starter T.J. Young in the home half of the first inning as Jamiah Williams, Griffin Devlin, Clark Reese and Quinn Valentich all opened the game with consecutive singles. Valentich drove in two runs with his single and went to third on a throwing error then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Jacob Farmer.
Wise countered with two unearned runs in the top of the second on two-out singles by Darrell Foote and Marco Griffin, but the Raiders looked poised to regain control of the contest in the home half of the frame. Williams was hit by a pitch, Devlin singled and Reese walked to load the bases with none out. Young then struck out Valentich looking and escaped the inning unscathed with Farmer lined into a double play in which Devlin was doubled up leaving second base early.
“T.J. got into a jam early, but the defense made some really good plays and he was able to pitch out of it,” said Wise coach Andrew Gilliam, a former assistant coach at Riverdale Baptist. “He usually doesn’t go that far and we’re usually pitching by committee. But he wanted the ball the whole game and I was not about to take him out.”
Wise clawed to within a run in the third when Thomas Mason reached on an error then later scored on a two-out triple by Abraham Herrera. The Pumas then drew even in the fifth when Ryan Fortune and Tyrin Brooks executed a double steal against Reese. Young continued to keep the Raiders’ bats in check, eventually allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits, five walks and two hit batters and he did not yield a run after the first.
Wise pushed across two runs in the seventh to forge the lead. Myles Wolfolk worked Reese for a leadoff walk, took second on a sacrifice bunt by Fortune, stole third and scored on a triple by Mason. After Brooks was hit by a pitch and Herrera was intentionally walked to load the bases, Jason Aldred plated Mason with a sacrifice fly to right.
“I felt like I had let my team down up to that point,” Wolfolk said. “I wasn’t being smart. I was being too selfish. But that last time up I was able to lay off some pitches and take the walk. Then Thomas came through with the big hit to give us the lead. Of course, it felt great to see that second run come across the plate in the inning.”
Trailing 6-4 heading to the bottom of the seventh, Valentich appeared to reach on a throwing error, but after Gilliam appealed the call the Raiders’ batter was ruled out. With two outs, Tyler Chotoo was hit by a pitch then Jacob Burns walked. With two on and two out Young retired Darius Ross on a pop-up to short for the final out.
“We had some good scoring chances, but we left too many guys on base,” said Roosevelt (19-2) coach Andrew Capece. “We had too many guys strike out looking. We had three really close games with them this year. We came back from a 4-1 deficit to win the first one then the last one went nine innings. The same thing happened to us today in that game. We went six innings without scoring.”