After a rough 16-0 loss to Sherwood Monday, the Clarksburg JV Baseball team was looking to get back to their winning ways against Gaithersburg. A solid 12-1 win against their divisional opponent made things right.
When the Coyotes walked the first two batters to start the game, bad memories of Monday’s loss came to mind. The sixth batter of the inning drove in a run with a single to center, but a good throw by freshman center fielder Chase Aldous was on the money to freshman catcher Morgan Bragg who quickly threw behind the runner retreating to third to end the inning without further damage.
Clarksburg answered back right away as sophomore Bailey Arensmeyer singled to left, stole second, and scored on a single by Bragg. With two out, freshman courtesy runner Erich Maffey would score on a passed ball to give the Coyotes a 2-0 lead.
After the first inning, freshman pitcher Nick Shifflett was masterful. He allowed only one hit and did not allow another runner to reach second base over the final four innings. Shifflett finished with 5 Ks while only allowing the single run.
With two outs in the second inning, freshman Kyle D’Attilia picked a great time for his first hit of the season. He ripped a line drive to left field that bounced past the fielder driving in two runs to make 4-1.
In the third inning, unselfish play helped score two more runs. Freshman Arthur Merla drove in a run with a groundout, and sophomore Phillip Del Sordi drove in a run with sacrifice fly to left making it 6-1.
The Coyotes broke things open in the fourth inning. RBI walks by freshman Tom Zinzi and Shifflett made it 8-1. Del Sordi drove in another run with a 2-out single. Then Arensmeyer hit a bases-clearing double to extend the lead to 12-1.
The Coyotes continue with divisional match-ups Friday at Northwest.