Reservoir edges Chesapeake-AA, 5-4 in 10 innings, for District V crown

Lawler scores on sacrifice fly, excels in relief to earn win for 20-0 Gators

May 11, 2011|By Andrew Conrad, Howard County Times

Lee Lawler pitched two innings of scoreless relief and scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning to lift Reservoir to a 5-4 win over Chesapeake-Anne Arundel on Wednesday night in the District V title game at Hanover's Joe Cannon Stadium.

Before the beginning of the 10th, athletics and activities managers from each county decided that the game would end after the inning, regardless of the score, out of consideration for the young athletes.

Lawler struck out four without allowing a base runner to earn the win for the Gators (17-0, 20-0).

The game lasted almost three hours.

"First of all, I need to go to school tomorrow and work, but our guys never give up," Gators coach Adam Leader said. "We've been a late-inning team the whole year. That was very good that they came in [and announced the game would end after 10 innings]. … Luckily, we got the job done."

With one out in the 10th inning, Lawler drew a walk on a seven-pitch at bat. He stole second on a ball in the dirt, reached third on a balk and scored on Geoff Stone's line drive to right field.

"We just knew we had to get the job done; we weren't going down like that — we play too hard," Lawler said. "We're still undefeated — we didn't want to break that in a tie."

After stranding nine base runners in the first four innings, Reservoir finally cashed in with a four-run sixth in which they batted around. Kyle Alexander and Drew Reed chased starter Jake Bram with back-to-back singles, and Chris Mierzwa loaded the bases when he reached on an error after executing a sacrifice bunt. Lawler came through with an RBI single, and T.J. Pipik — who also pitched two innings of scoreless relief with four strikeouts — stroked a bases-clearing triple deep into center field.

Chesapeake-AA (17-1, 15-2) scored in each of the first two innings on an RBI double by Brian Musgrove and a single by Zach Weiss.

The Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on a throwing error and another run-scoring hit by Musgrove.

Chesapeake-AA got out of a bases-loaded jam in the second inning by faking an overthrow into the outfield on a pickoff attempt.

"There were a couple things here — a rundown on a suicide squeeze — we need to work on," Leader said. "So for us, this was great. The win was awesome, but we also learned a lot about ourselves. It's a big win, a good way to go into the playoffs, but we've got some work to do."

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