Offense Abundant as SMAC Teams Combine for 28 Runs

Dave Reynolds
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 28 runs on 23 hits is what the Leonardtown Raiders and the Northern Patriots produced today on a steamy senior day at Leonardtown. A non-stop affair, the Raiders scored in every inning as the Patriots were unable to keep them off the bases. 

The action started quickly in the bottom of the first with Leonardtown plating four runs. Tyler Taitano led off with a walk and Nick Burch was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second. John Deems executed a perfect sacrifice bunt to advance the both runner into scoring position. Matt Brobrowski followed by walking to load the bases.  Ethan Ledig would then single to drive in two runs.  Hitting in the seven hole with two outs was David Tydings, who doubled in two more runs.  After just one inning of play, Leonardtown was up 4-0.

In the top of the second the Patriots respond by putting one on the board as Marcus Lee Sang walked and later scored all the way from first from a Bryce Leslie double.  That would be the lone run of the inning and cut the Raider lead to 4-1 heading to the bottom of the second.

The Raiders would answer by putting another six runs on the board.  With one out, the next six hitters would reach base.  Taitano homered, Burch walked, Deems singled, Brobrowski singled, Ledwig was hit by a pitch,  Nolan Wood singled driving in two and Tyler Huss doubled driving in two to finish off the scoring in a crazy second inning.  This became a common theme in the game, as every inning Northern rallied back Leonardtown had an answer.

Northern added three in the third when pinch hitter Corey Bopp singled, Kory Loveless doubled, Josh Johnson was hit by a pitch and Lee Sang doubled to clear the bases.  In the bottom half the Raiders added two more runs to make the score 12-6

Northern would inch closer in the fifth and sixth innings with four runs highlighted by a Nick White homerun.  Again the Raiders answered each half,  scoring five more runs in the fifth and six innings as well. When all the dust settled, the Leonardtown ended up with an 18-10 victory.