The No. 4 Atholton baseball team's bats came alive late in the game to secure a 6-4 win over Marriotts Ridge in a Howard County league game Friday afternoon.
Marriotts Ridge starter Ethan Rice had retired nine out of 10 batters and had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, as the Mustangs (11-6) tried to secure their second victory over the Raiders (16-3) this season.
"He was doing a great job placing his pitches and keeping us off balance," Raiders coach Kevin Kelly said.
But a leadoff single by shortstop Jared Hand got a rally started for the Raiders. Second baseman Josh Martin bunted Hand to second, and third baseman Kalvin Seamonson doubled down the left-field line to tie the game.
"I knew I had to get Jared in from second," Seamonson said. "I knew I had to hit it hard, and I was eventually able to turn on one."
After pitcher Kory Britton reached on an infield single, catcher Paul Beers doubled home two runs to give the Raiders a 4-2 lead. "I was looking for the fastball," Beers said. "When I got it, I was able to come through with the clutch hit."
Marriotts Ridge got one of the runs right back in the top of the sixth to cut the deficit to 4-3, but Atholton scored two more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
"This was just a great high school baseball game," Kelly said. "This is a very tough league, and they're a good team. They're going to be very dangerous in the playoffs."