Saturday was perfect weather for baseball as the St. Mary’s Door faced off against Legion Post 255 in the Coors Charles-St. Mary’s Baseball League at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
And when the game was over, one inning early due to the league’s mercy rule, Post 255 had ended the Door’s unbeaten start to the season with a 14-4 win in eight innings.
“Anytime we play the Door, it’s always a good game,” said Post 255 pitcher Ben Jarboe, who struck out three in five innings. “They are always a contender to win the league, and it’s just good to get out here and compete with everybody. It’s been going good. We’ve been playing well as a team. We’ve been hitting and getting good runs and work with the pitchers. It’s just nice to get out here on the weekends and play.
“Anybody could beat anybody any given day. It just depends on who shows up to play and who has got their full roster and who’s ready to play. We want to win the championship here. We haven’t won one yet, and as a newer team, we need to establish ourselves in the league.
Post 255 head coach Tyler Kimmey was pleased with the victory over the Door.
“It went really well,” Kimmey said. “Pitchers did a good job. All the boys on the lineup hit all the way through. So it was a good day. We had a couple opportunities where we could have ended the game earlier but when you leave a three-one fastball over the middle of the plate, somebody like Jared Eaker is going to take it over the fence.”
Post 255 (4-3 overall) got out to a two-run lead in the top of the first inning. Jordon Burch led off with a double, then stole third and scored on Noah Jarboe’s sacrifice fly. Next up to bat was Dakota Merritt, who broke a bat on a foul ball then slammed one over the fence in center field for a solo home run, making it 2-0.
Post 255 then added three more runs in the second inning. John Callaghan scored on a bases-loaded walk and Trevor Burch hit a 2-RBI single.
They added five more runs in the third on St. Mary’s starting pitcher Reid D’Antuono.
Will Johnson started the scoring with an RBI double, which was followed by an RBI single from Noah Jarboe. An RBI single from Rudy Carrico Jr. scored Jarboe to make it 8-0.
Trevor Burch’s RBI single ended the day for D’Antuono on the mound with Ben Goldsmith coming on with Post 255 up 9-0.
Goldsmith walked Austin Mitchell, then gave up an RBI single to Callaghan and the Door now trailed by 10 runs.
St. Mary’s (5-1) broke up the shutout in the fourth as Julien Grant doubled down the left-field line and Jay Turen’s RBI single allowed Grant to come home to score.
In the sixth, Noah Jarboe led off with a single and scored from first base on Carrico’s RBI triple making it 11-1. Carrico came home on Trevor Burch’s RBI single and Post 255 added another in the seventh to make it 13-1.
“We put up 14 runs, so my teammates were all hitting pretty well,” Ben Jarboe said. “It’s nice to pitch with a lead like that, especially when you can get two or three in the first inning. You can kind of just cruise after that. I throw 99% fastballs.
“Noah Jarboe played a good defensive shortstop with a couple of hits. It’s cool kind of being able to turn around and see him playing shortstop and I’m on the mound. It brings us back to little league days.”
St. Mary’s scored three runs in its half of the seventh, before Post 255 reliever Will Johnson finished the Door off by striking out three in a row.
“Will Johnson, we just brought him in on the team and is a rising junior at St. Mary’s Ryken. He’s only 16 years old,” Kimmey said. “That’s the whole purpose for us, all the guys on our team are all former U-19 players, so everybody wanted somewhere to play and it’s our third year with this team. We are the youngest team in the league.”
Lyle Kralle tripled to the wall in left-center and scored on Brad Sullivan’s RBI single. Jared Eaker crushed a ball over the center-field fence for a two-run homer to bring St. Mary’s to within 13-4.
Post 255 pushed its lead back to double digits in the eighth. Merritt led off with a single and stole second, then scored on Jordon Burch’s RBI double to deep center. St. Mary’s was unable to score in the bottom of the eighth, ending the game an inning early with a 10-run deficit.
“It’s tough in the first inning there when they string some hits together and get a couple runs,” Door head coach Chris D’Antuono said. “We worked out of it. We had a tough bottom half of the inning there, then in the second, they got a couple more hits and then it’s like a waterfall, you just cant stop it.”