For half of their cold and wet game at Quince Orchard Friday, the Clarksburg JV Baseball team struggled before using a 7-run fifth inning explosion to leap ahead en route to a 12-4 win.
Trailing 2-0 heading into the fifth, freshman outfielder Gabe Torres lined a triple into left-center and then scored on an RBI single by sophomore pitcher Sean Carrier. Sophomore designated hitter Hunter Marsh followed with a single to left and sophomore outfielder Arthur Merla walked to load the bases. Then freshman infielder Daerek Sawyer hit a 2-RBI single to give the Coyotes their first lead of the day.
Seven consecutive batters reached base safely as sophomores Daniel Parry and Nick Shifflett hit singles. With two outs, Torres legged out an infield single to extend the inning and Carrier added another RBI single to make it 7-2.
In the sixth, Merla walked to lead off the inning and later scored on an RBI groundout by Shifflett. The Coyotes added 4 more in the seventh thanks to an RBI single by Sawyer and a 2-RBI triple to deep left by Parry (a hit that would have been a home run at most other fields).
Carrier threw five innings, giving up 2 earned runs and striking out 7. Freshman reliever Erik Bhattacharyya threw 2 innings and only gave up 1 earned run while striking out 2.
5 Coyotes recorded multiple hits, and Torres was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. After a sloppy loss Wednesday to Northwest, the Clarksburg defense was much-improved as they only had one error on a dropped 3rd strike.
Clarksburg (6-2) will look to improve to 3-1 in divisional play on Monday against Richard Montgomery at 3:45 pm.