After a hard fought loss to Oakland Mills in its previous game, the Meade baseball team traveled to play the Glen Burnie Gophers. In the only meeting between these two clubs last year, Meade was able to capture a 3-2 win in front of a large crowd at Joe Cannon Stadium in Hanover, Maryland.
Last year’s Gopher team had a total of five wins, and this year’s team was able to surpass last year’s win total with a 13-1 win over the Mustangs.
Meade had a similar lineup from the Oakland Mills game with Devonte Hatcher leading off, Jordan Stewart batting second and Derek and Darren Donastrong batting third and fourth, respectively.
Stewart was able to reach base safely after he legged out an infield hit and then stole second shortly after. Derek Donastrong also reached on an infield hit which set up first and third with one out with Darren Donastrong coming to the plate.
Darren then grounded out to third but since Stewart was running once he heard contact he was thrown at home which ended the Mustangs threat.
Meade sent senior Jake Scarlas to the mound with Darren Donastrong taking over the catching duties. Scarlas was not able to locate the pitches where he wanted them to and Glen Burnie batted around and put up nine runs in the first inning — eight of which were earned. Josh Long was brought in with two outs in the first to help finish off what Scarlas had started.
The Mustangs tried to come alive with their bats and started off the second inning on the right note, when Kahlil Cunanan reached on an error, but weren’t able to build off the momentum that was started. After a strikeout from right fielder Noah June, first baseman Trevor Booth stepped into the batter’s box.
On the first pitch he saw, he connected with a fastball and sent the ball over the left fielder’s head driving in the only Mustangs run on the stand-up double. After Booth’s double Meade wasn’t able to get anymore runners into scoring position. Glen Burnie added two insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings before the game was called.
Meade looks to end it’s spring break on a high note when they travel across the Bay Bridge on Saturday, April 15 to play in a tournament held at Kent Island High School before they return to county play against North County on Tuesday April 18 at 7 p.m.