With a one-run lead, the potential tying run on base and the team’s undefeated record at stake in the bottom of the seventh inning, there was no question who the Whitman baseball team would call upon to save its latest victory. Senior Michael Flack, a four-year starter, was coming off a no-hitter in his last outing; on Monday he had to get three outs.
Flack needed just 10 pitches to get the job done as the Vikings continued their strong start with a 6-5 victory over neighborhood rival Bethesda-Chevy Chase in a Montgomery County nonleague game in Bethesda.
“I could argue that he has been my best player the last three years, though some seniors from those years might argue,” said Whitman Coach Joe Cassidy, whose team improved to 6-0. “This year, his offensive numbers aren’t spectacular by any means, but it shows the depth on our team. It’s been his arm and his defense at shortstop and his bat will come around.”
Flack said he is a bit frustrated by his lack of offensive production. In two games Monday – Whitman beat Walter Johnson, 14-4, in five innings earlier in the day – he went 0 for 4 but walked four times. He is batting just .200, but has walked nine times, drawing at least one in every game.
“I’m struggling, my average probably isn’t as high as I’d like it to be,” said Flack, who plans to play wide receiver and defensive back for Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. “But I’ll keep pitching and my hitting will come around. I’m confident of that.”
Mike Yang had a pair of run-scoring doubles against B-CC and Ryan McGill singled, doubled, scored once and drove in another run. McGill missed nearly all of last season with a broken foot sustained playing for Whitman’s club hockey team, but is back this season and has teamed with Flack to give the Vikings a pair of top starting pitchers.
Whitman, which had not allowed an earned run until Monday, hopes this could be the season it finally breaks through and wins its first regional title.
“My freshman year we reached the regional championship and the past two years we reached the region semis,” Flack said. “It’s one game at a time, but everybody is working hard and we have our eyes on the region championship and hopefully the state championship.”