MS Baseball Team Wins Opener
The Middle School Oaks broke open a tense game with five runs in the fifth inning and went on to defeat Cape Henry 14-2 Tuesday in their season opener.
The team sent eight batters to the plate in the fifth, drilling three hits. For good measure, the Oaks added six runs in the sixth inning to turn what was a 3-2 game into a rout.
Paul Mahoney earned the win, striking out ten. Devon Donis pounded three of the Oaks 12 hits.
Cape Henry went on top in the first inning, scoring twice before the Oaks went down in order.
In the second, Donis and Joe Morrison lined successive singles to left field before Jimmy Hurley laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, advancing them to second and third. Tanner Hirschfeld skied a sacrifice fly to left to score Donis, but the threat ended there.
Miles Edmond led off the third inning with a single to shallow center and advanced on Chandler Gillikin’s single. Donis walked to load the bases before Edmond scored on a passed ball. Morrison’s grounder got past the second baseman scoring Gillikin. Donis scored on a passed ball when Hurley extended his at bat, fouling off several pitches.
In the fifth, Gillkin walked before Mahoney and Donis doubled to score one.
Morrison walked. Mahoney stole home on a delayed steal. Donis advanced when Hirschfeld struck out, but the ball got beyond the catcher. Reid Wilkinson slapped a seeing-eye single through the hole to score another run. After the runners advanced on passed balls, Hunter Flora’s single scored a pair.
Gillikin, Flora, and Josh Hutson all walked in the 6th while Mahoney, Donis and Blake Cummings contributed hits to the rally.