Mount de Sales pounded out 13 hits and scored at least one run in each of the final five innings to coast to an 11-5 win over Howard Wednesday in non-region baseball.
The Cavaliers improve to 14-4 on the season while the Huskies fell to 4-16.
“I was wondering early if we were going to take advantage of all the baserunners we were getting, but I think we got a little more aggressive on the bases and that led to us scoring some runs,” said Mount de Sales head coach Bubba Pool, whose team left eight runners on in the first four innings. “That’s the way these kids like to play, and we feel pretty good about things when we can give our pitchers some run support.”
After Howard starter Will Brantley pitched out of trouble in the first two innings, thanks to two stellar plays by center fielder Noah Hatcher, Mount de Sales scored twice in the third. Adam Leverett, who had reached on a fielder choice, stole second and third and scored on a single by Jack Lipson. Lipson later scored on a squeeze play when Bailey Michael laid down a perfect bunt to make it 2-0. The Cavaliers scored once more in the fourth on an RBI single from Leverett to make it 3-0.
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Mount de Sales took advantage of defensive lapses in the fifth to score three runs off reliever Kazuya Makita. Two times in the inning, Howard had double-play balls to the infield, but could not make the throw to first, which allowed the Cavaliers to take a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
“That was a very frustrating inning for us because we worked on throws for about 45 minutes at practice and we thought we had fixed the problems,” Howard head coach Danny Slaughter said. “We are trying to play better baseball right now, and we show some signs of being more like the typical Howard baseball team.
“But then we have an inning like that and it just becomes another frustrating game.”
Howard answered in the bottom of the fifth, scoring five times off Leverett. The big blow was a three-run homer by Hatcher, who had two hits in the game. But Mount de Sales quickly answered with two runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to put the game away.
“I think I got a little lazy in that one inning and I didn’t locate my pitches like I need to, but we got out of that inning and we still had the lead,” said Leverett, who struck out five batters while walking two in a complete-game win. “Once we scored a few more runs, I was able to settle down and get outs.”
Lipson led Mount de Salesith four hits and a walk.
“I think we did a great job of hitting the ball and putting it in play,” said Lipson, who is only a sophomore. “It’s great to play a non-region game against a local team, and I am just glad we found a way to win.”