UPPER MARLBORO – After finding itself in an early hole, the Dr. Henry A. Wise High School baseball team came back to beat Northwestern High School 20-10 in the 4A South Region final on Friday. Northwestern scored four runs in each of the first two innings to forge an early 8-2 lead over Wise. But […]
UPPER MARLBORO – After finding itself in an early hole, the Dr. Henry A. Wise High School baseball team came back to beat Northwestern High School 20-10 in the 4A South Region final on Friday.
Northwestern scored four runs in each of the first two innings to forge an early 8-2 lead over Wise. But despite needing three pitchers to get through the first two frames the Pumas rallied with six runs in the second, five more in the third, four in the fourth and ended it early with three in the sixth for a 20-10 victory over the Wildcats. Wise, which last won the region title in 2011, will face Gaithersburg on Tuesday evening at the University of Maryland.
“We knew their two, three and four batters could really hit,” said Wise coach Drew Gilliam. “Those first three innings those guys killed us. But we have some bats, too. T.J. [Young] came into a tough spot and was able to settle everything down. Then our bats came alive. That’s just who we are. We have not had a lot of pitching this season, but we have a lot of guys that can hit.”
In the top of the first inning, however, it was Northwestern that did the bulk of the hitting. Wise freshman pitcher Tyrin Brooks walked the first two batters then yielded a run-scoring double to Rafael Calcano. Kevin Ramirez then followed with a three-run home run to straightaway center field and the Wildcats claimed a 4-0 lead. Wise had also trained Roosevelt, 4-0, in the first inning on Monday.
Wise got two runs back in the bottom of the first against Calcano. Myles Wolfolk led off with a double, stole third and scored on a wild pitch. Ryan Fortune was hit by a pitch, took second on a wild pitch and was awarded third on a balk and then scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Nico Brooks, narrowing the Pumas’ deficit to 4-2.
But the Wildcats scored four more runs in the top of the second to extend the lead to 8-2. Kevin Diaz Ortiz drove in one run with a double against reliever Charles Hemmans then Ramirez followed with a three-run homer to straightaway center. Gilliam hooked Hemmans with two on and two out and Young escaped the jam despite hitting a batter to load the bases.
Wise immediately answered with six runs in the home half of the second against Colanco. Wolfolk plated one run with a sacrifice fly, Fortune drove in another with a single and Thomas Mason and Brooks followed with consecutive run-scoring singles and Abraham Herrera added an RBI double that scored Brooks with the tying run.
Norhtwestern regained the lead by getting two runs, one earned, against Young in the third. Diaz reached on a one-out error then Calcano followed with his second homer of the day, a two-run shot to left center. But Young settled down after that and limited the Wildcats to only two more hits over the next three innings and the Pumas’ offense did the rest.
Wise forged its first lead of the game by scoring five unearned runs in the third. The Pumas extended the lead to 17-10 after four innings thanks to a two-run homer by Wolfolk and the hosts finally ended the game when Herrera touched Ramirez for a two-run, ground rule double to left with one out in the sixth.
“I’m proud of what the kids did this season,” said Northwestern coach Chris Burrows. “For us to get to this game showed a lot. We jumped on them early, but we knew they would have the bats to come back. We made a couple of mistakes that kept some innings alive, but give credit to Wise. Their bats really came alive.”