COLLEGE PARK – The Dr. Henry A. Wise High School baseball team’s playoff run came to an end Tuesday night as Gaithersburg High School rolled to a 16-0 victory that ended after five innings at the University of Maryland. Wise pitchers yielded 13 walks and a hit batter. The Pumas also had trouble in the […]
COLLEGE PARK – The Dr. Henry A. Wise High School baseball team’s playoff run came to an end Tuesday night as Gaithersburg High School rolled to a 16-0 victory that ended after five innings at the University of Maryland.
Wise pitchers yielded 13 walks and a hit batter. The Pumas also had trouble in the field, committing five errors, enabling the Trojans to score an abundance of runs while collecting only five hits.
“I think almost every inning started with a leadoff walk,” said Wise coach Drew Gilliam, whose squad finished the season 15-5. “When I looked up at the board after the second inning its only 4-0, but they [Gaithersburg] only had one hit. But leadoff walks and errors and the remedy for trouble. You just can’t do those things against really good teams.”
Wise hurler T.J. Young had overcome a slow start to defeat Eleanor Roosevelt, 6-4, in a region quarterfinal game on May 11 and then came on in relief to limit Northwestern to two runs in three innings of work as the Pumas rallied from an 8-2 deficit to defeat the Wildcats, 20-10, in the region final. But Tuesday evening against Gaithersburg he allowed 14 runs, 12 earned, on five hits and nine walks in 4 1/3 innings of work.
Gaithersburg scored in every inning against Young and reliever Ryan Fortune, who allowed two runs, one earned, on four walks and a throwing error that he committed. Trojans’ starter Nick Pantos was hardly overpowering and was unable to get to through the second. Reliever Brendan Deyo pitched one and two-thirds inning of scoreless relief to get the win, while both Andy Kwiatkowski and Bradley Sawyer eached pitched a scoreless inning of relief.
In previous wins against Oxon Hill and Northwestern, Wise batters had been productive at the plate and the Pumas were able to run the bases with reckless abandon. But Tuesday evening their base-running tactics faced a hindering force in catcher Trey Martinez. Leadoff batter Myles Wolfolk singled to center in the first, but he was gunned down at second attempting to steal.
Then in the bottom of the third, Thomas Mason reached on a throwing error by Pantos at second, but Mason never made it to second base. Martinez ran up the first base line to back up the play, fielded the loose ball and fired to Kwiatkowski at second to get Mason easily.
“The intangibles were a big difference,” Gilliam said. “They do so many little things well. Their catcher made some outstanding plays. He’s a legitimate division-I catcher. You just cannot assume that you’re going to get the extra base on him. He’s got a tremendous arm.”
Gaithersburg scored two runs in the first, two more in the second, three in the third, three more in the fourth and then six runs in the fifth. The Trojans’ offense was aided by the Pumas’ pitching as Gaithersburg had only two hits in the third, including a leadoff double by Pantos and a two-run single by Martinez in the fourth. But the Trojans had only one hit in the fifth, a one-out single by Sawyer that chased Young. Gaithersburg batters collected seven walks in the inning and also benefited from a throwing error by Fortune.
“We told our guys to be patient at the plate,” said Gaithersburg coach Jeff Rabberman, whose team will face Severna Park in the Maryland 4A State title game on Friday evening at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen. “We had never seen them before, but from some second- and third-hand accounts we tried to put a game plan together. Nick did not have his best stuff, but he came through with a double in his next at-bat and he stayed focused at second base the rest of the game.”