On the day in which he celebrated his 18th birthday, North Point High School senior first baseman Dyllan Sheldon provided the icing for his own proverbial cake in a number of ways by belting a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning that would eventually propel the host Eagles to a 10-6 victory over visiting McDonough in a Southern Maryland Athletic Conference baseball contest on Wednesday.
North Point (7-4 overall, 6-1 SMAC Potomac) had actually started the game slowly in several ways as senior hurler Zane Lehosky allowed a two-run homer to McDonough senior Austin Simms in the top of the first then the Eagles batted out of order in the bottom of the second, one in which Ethan Martinez singled and scored on a wild pitch.
But Sheldon helped turn things around in the top of the third with a sharp defensive play that erased a McDonough runner attempting to steal second then he gave North Point the lead by belting a two-run homer in the bottom of the inning against McDonough starter Sean Joseph. Sheldon later singled home a run in the sixth against Simms.
“I was just looking for something down and inside that I could drive,” Sheldon said of his two-run homer in the third. “The first time up I flew out to right on a pitch that I could have driven that way. But the second time up [in the third] I was ready for him to come inside on me.”
Sheldon’s blast gave North Point a lead it would never surrender, although McDonough stayed close through the middle innings.
The Eagles pushed the lead to 4-2 in the fourth, but the Rams countered with an unearned run against Lehosky in the fifth. Lehosky picked up the win while allowing six runs, two earned, on seven hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings of work. Joseph took the loss, yielding seven runs, six earned, on eight hits in five innings.
“I threw [Simms] a splitter in the first inning and he crushed it, so I didn’t throw that pitch the rest of the game,” Lehosky said. “I felt like I had pretty good control today. We kept putting up runs on the board, so that always helps me when I go back out to the mound.”
McDonough (5-6, 3-3) had plated an unearned run against Lehosky in the top of the fifth, but North Point responded with three runs on two hits, a hit-batter and a wild pitch by Joseph to forge a 7-3 lead. The Eagles’ Yurias Hill, who missed his turn at-bat in the first inning, singled home a run and scored on a wild pitch in the fifth and the hosts added three runs against Simms in the sixth on four singles and two Rams errors.
“I’ve been swinging the bat pretty good all season,” said Simms, who plans to play for the College of Southern Maryland next spring. “I went up there looking for something I could drive and he left one up a little bit. I thought I threw the ball pretty well in the sixth. Today was just one of those games when we didn’t score enough runs early and we had too many errors.”
Already owning a 7-3 lead heading to the bottom of the sixth, the Eagles added to it as Patrick Estevez, Jordan McKenzie and Sheldon all greeted Simms with singles. Logan Handwork also had a one-out bloop single and Martinez later reached on a throwing error. Simms was charged with three runs in the frame, of which only one was earned.
Trailing 10-3 heading to the seventh, McDonough finally chased Lehosky and scored three unearned runs in the frame on two singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly from Simms. With a runner on second, Liam Golden grounded out to third to end the game.
North Point is scheduled to play two games at Huntingtown on Saturday, facing off with Severna Park of Anne Arundel County at noon then get Huntingtown at 3 p.m. McDonough’s next contest is scheduled for Wednesday at home versus Thomas Stone at 4:30 p.m.
Eagles win in softball, girls lacrosse
While the baseball game between the two schools was not decided until late, the softball contest was over early.
North Point (5-6, 5-2) scored five runs in the bottom of the first and cruised to a 13-3 victory in five innings on Wednesday. The Eagles have won five straight after opening the season with six straight defeats.
North Point is next scheduled at the Cavalier Classic in Glen Burnie on Saturday, while McDonough (1-9, 1-6 including a 27-8 win over Westlake on Tuesday) is next slated to host Thomas Stone at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.
In the girls lacrosse game that North Point also hosted on Wednesday, the Eagles (5-4, 3-0) sprinted to a commanding 15-1 lead over visiting Stone and coasted to a 19-5 victory.
North Point freshman Kendra Defilippo scored seven goals, Jordan Ball added four, Madison Reid had three and Amre Keyes scored two. Stone’s Kelsey Steckroth scored four goals for the Cougars (1-7, 1-4) in a losing cause, including one that just beat the final buzzer.
North Point is slated to be at the South River High School tournament on Saturday, while Stone’s next scheduled contest is at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Patuxent.
Reyes, Moss reach century mark for Spartans
It was a record setting night for St. Charles lacrosse.
Travis Reyes scored the 100th goal of his career on Wednesday night as the Spartans boys lacrosse team topped Westlake, 17-8
Jordan Moss did the same for the St. Charles girls lacrosse team in their Wednesday night game versus Westlake.