Northwest Blanks Seneca Valley in Regular Season Closers
In their last scheduled regular season outings, the Northwest Jaguars baseball and softball teams shut out cross-town rivals Monday afternoon. On the Seneca Valley baseball field the Jags earned their seventh straight victory with a 12-0 win while on the softball diamond the Lady Jags earned their eleventh straight victory and third straight shutout by beating the Lady Eagles 11-0.
The Lady Jags got things started early with a grand slam from junior Alexis Mack. She took a 2-2 pitch from Seneca Valley’s Whitney Dickerson deep to center field to stake the Jags with a 4-0 lead. In the second inning, the Lady Jags patience at the plate, combined with timely base hits allowed them to get bases loaded which led to five runs in the inning, two scoring on single by sophomore Kaylan King. After two innings the Lady Jags led 9-0.
Seneca Valley struggled to get base runners off Northwest’s senior pitcher Bridgette Barbour, who did not give up a walk, struck out nine batters, and allowed just three hits over five innings. Seneca’s Dickerson struck out three, walked six batters, and allowed 10 hits over five innings. The Jags added two more runs in the fifth inning on base hits by sophomores Chloe Hickman and Karlie Stanford, and a sacrifice out by Barbour. An Alexis Mack base hit scored Stanford to give Northwest an 11-0 victory.
The 14-1 Lady Jags are primed for a playoff run. As the top seed in their 4A West bracket, they have earned a first-round playoff bye and will host the winner of Friday’s playoff game between Wootton and Gaithersburg on Monday, May 16 at 4:00 pm at Northwest.
The loss drops Seneca Valley to 7-8 for the regular season, and will start the post-season hosting a first-round playoff game against 6-9 Poolesville on at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 12.
On the other end of the Seneca Valley campus, the Northwest baseball team was en route to a shutout of the Screaming Eagles baseball team. Jags pitchers Zach Gerber and Justin Violette combined to shut out the Eagles 12-0. Gerber allowed just two hits and three walks while striking out six batters over six innings. Violette came in to strike out the side in the seventh inning.
The Jags runs came in bunches, three in the first inning on hits by Matt Mulhern, Jalen Mabie-Hunter, Ben Teachum, and Michael Yuille. In the third inning, Gerber helped his cause with a two-out bases-loaded double which scored three runs. In the fourth inning, Ryan Kennington hit a double, which drove in Mulhern for the only run, to put the Jags up 8-0 after five innings.
The Jags added another run in the sixth inning thanks to Michael Yuille’s lead-off home run to straightaway centerfield. Jags led 9-0 at the end of six innings. Northwest would get three more runs on five hits in the seventh inning.
Seneca Valley’s Marcus Tombs allowed eight hits, and just one walk while striking out six batters, facing 23 batters over four innings. Brian Midlam pitched the fifth and sixth innings walking three, and allowing seven hits. He faced 11 batters over two innings. John Richards closed out the game facing three batters and striking out one and getting the final batter to hit into a fly ball/pick-off a double play.
With the loss, Seneca Valley falls to 7-8 and will travel to Poolesville and play the 11-5 Falcons in the first round of the 3A West playoffs on Friday, May 13.
Northwest, officially ended their season with the resumption of a May 5 game versus Bethesda Chevy-Chase on Tuesday afternoon. The game ended with the Jags losing 4-2, which drops Northwest to 12-6 for the season. The Jags will host 7-9 Kennedy at Northwest on Friday, May 13 in the first round of the 4A Playoffs.
Top: Northwest’s Griffin Bubb (7) scores in the third inning after Zach Greber hit a double to left field. Seneca Valley’s catcher Brendon Moses (13) waits to apply the tag, but the throw as late. The Jags would score four runs in the third inning.
Next: Northwest’s senior pitcher, Bridgette Barbour (7), struck out nine batters and allowed just three hits over five innings.
Next: Seneca Valley’s junior pitcher Whitney Dickerson (12) fields a ground ball and throws the batter out at first during Monday’s game with Northwest.
Next: Northwest’s junior Ryan Kennington (3) ropes a run-scoring double to centerfield in the fourth inning of Monday’s victory over Seneca Valley.
Next: Seneca Valley’s junior pitcher Marcus Tombs (2) comes to the plate with a pitch.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.