The Northwest Jaguars baseball team kept their unbeaten season in tact on Tuesday with a walk-off 9-8 home win over the gritty Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles, but it took everything the Jags had to hold off Seneca.
Seneca came to Northwest riding a three-game win streak after coasting to easy wins over Rockville, Wheaton, and Watkins Mill. While Northwest was 5-0 and had wins over Rockville, Paint Branch, Sherwood, Quince Orchard, and Springbrook under their belts
The Eagles struck first as a lead-off hitter, senior Marcus Toombs, got on base with a single, and worked his way around the diamond, scoring on Brendan Moses’ sacrifice grounder to put Seneca Valley up 1-0.
The Jags posted two runs in the second inning and would have three if not for a beautiful throw from Seneca Valley’s sophomore right fielder Zack Felperin to nail Northwest’s Dean Edmundson at home plate. Seneca’s senior catcher Brendon Moses with the tag at the dish for the second out of the inning.
After two innings the Jags and Eagles could feel that they were strapped into what was going to be a wild ride of a game.
In the third inning, Seneca scored three runs on five base hits as the Eagles retook the lead. Seniors John Richards and Michael Lyles, along with sophomore Zach Cason scored in the third. In the bottom of the third, senior Seneca pitcher Michael Lyles put the Jags down in order getting the two batters to fly out to right field, and striking out the third. Seneca Valley led 4-2 at the end of three innings.
During Seneca’s top of the fourth inning, the Eagles were able to add two more runs to extend the lead to 6-2 over the unbeaten Jaguars. Despite striking out all three Eagles batters looking, Northwest’s senior pitcher Zach Greber gave up just one hit in the inning but walked two batters, and hit another allowing Seneca to extend their lead.
The Jags, however, would have a huge bottom of the fourth. Senior Griffin Bubb would start the inning with a double. Edmundson would move him around with a single. A pair of back to back singles from seniors Josh Netterville and Mac Adelman brought in two runs to cut the lead to 6-4. But it was a triple to deep center hit by senior Ryan Kennington which cleared the bases and tied the game. Kennington would score on a wild pitch to give the Jags a 7-6 lead in after four innings.
Seneca Valley would come right back and tie the game at 7s in the top of the fifth inning on back-to-back doubles from Richards and Moses. After a pitching change, senior right-hander John Richards would shut out the Jags in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The game would go into the sixth inning tied at 7, and Northwest Greber would sit the Eagles 6,7,8 hitters down in order, with two Ks and pop up to centerfield. The Jags would not waste the opportunity took the lead in the bottom of the inning. Adelman would reach on an error, and be moved around the bases by a walk issued to Ryan Kennington and hit batsman. He would be replaced by courtesy runner junior Matt Mulhern.
With two outs and men on second and third, Greber would take fly ball the opposite way into left field. Mulhern would tag up and score despite a good relay and throw by Seneca third baseman Bryan Midlam to catcher Brendon Moses, who alertly threw back to shortstop Marcus Toombs covering at third to tag Kennington to end the inning with Northwest leading 8-7.
In the top of the seventh inning, Seneca Valley would tie the game again after sophomore Jalen Toombs worked a walk off Northwest closer Griffin Bubb. Jalen would be moved to second base on a sacrifice from big brother Marcus Toombs. John Richards would tie the game, scoring Jalen Toombs from second on a base hit. Northwest’s Bubb would get Brendon Moses to hit a ground ball for the final out of the inning, but Seneca had tied the game in the seventh inning.
Northwest would have to win in the bottom of the seventh. It took the Jags two batters to score. Lead off batter; Griffin Bubb would rock a double to start the inning, bring Dean Edmundson to the plate. Edmundson would hit a hard ground ball to third base. Seneca’s Midlam would make a great play to snag the ball in the infield, but his throw to first would be off the mark and Bubb would score from second on the overthrow ending the game. Northwest wins 9-8.
Northwest, which improved to 6-0 with the victory, will host the 4-2 Clarksburg Coyotes on Saturday at noon in Germantown. While the Screamin’ Eagles fall to 4-3 and will travel to play Damascus on Saturday at 10:00 am. Both Saturday games are make ups due to the bad weather on Thursday.
Top: Northwest’s Griffin Bubb (7) slides into home for the walk-off, game-winning run during Tuesday’s game versus Seneca Valley.
Next: Seneca Valley’s senior pitcher Michael Lyles (21).
Next: Seneca Valley catcher Brendon Moses (13) tags Northwest’s Dean Edmundson (10) out at the plate in the second inning after a great throw from right field by Zack Felperin.
Next: Northwest’s Griffin Bubb (7) on the mound.
Next: Northwest’s Ryan Kennington (3) celebrates at third base after hitting a triple in the fourth inning.
Next: As Seneca Valley’s third basemen Bryan Midlam (3) throw the ball home, Northwest’s Matt Mulhern (6) runs home, he would just beat the catcher Brendon Moses’ (13) tag to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Next: The Jags Edmundson (10) hits a chopper to third base in the bottom of the seventh inning which led to the game-winning run.
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