Paint Branch defeated Northwest yesterday, 9-1, in a Montgomery County nonleague baseball game behind a dominant pitching performance by senior left-hander Casey Baron.
The University of Maryland-bound Baron struck out 15 batters in a four-hitter to earn his first victory of the season.
Baron lost a tough 1-0 outing to Seneca Valley in the Panthers' opener but yesterday received run support.
"We hit the ball today," Paint Branch Coach Paul Fahrner said. "That was the difference."
Baron did his share at the plate, going 4 for 4 with three doubles and two RBI. In 14 innings this season, Baron has yielded two earned runs.
The Heights Sweeps
The Heights' baseball team swept a home doubleheader against Pallotti. The teams played two five-inning games because of a constant drizzle, with the Cavaliers (3-0) winning, 8-4, and 5-4, respectively.
Cavaliers junior Robert Gemmill started in center field in both games and went 5 for 6 with two doubles and three RBI. In the second game, Gemmill took the mound in relief in the fourth, and pitched a perfect fifth to earn the win. He also scored the winning run in the second game.
"He was clearly the best player on the field," The Heights Coach Brian Carroccio said. "He's never looked this dominant. He added a lot of muscle in the offseason, and he hit for power to all fields."
Gaithersburg Takes Two
Gaithersburg's baseball team won its second and third games in a row by defeating Whitman, 11-9, and then beating Poolesville, 10-0, in six innings.
Senior pitchers Jeff Williams and John Jacobs combined to throw a no-hitter in the Trojans' victory over the Falcons. Williams struck out five in four innings before Jacobs closed with three strikeouts in two innings. Junior Kevin Vavreck hit a solo home run and drove in two other runs for Gaithersburg (3-1) in the victory over Poolesville. . . .
Surrattsville junior first baseman David Robinson hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Hornets a 15-14 victory over Potomac in a Prince George's County 3A/2A/1A game. Junior Mike Roy pitched the eighth and ninth innings to gain the win for Surrattsville.
Award for Wootten
Hall of Fame basketball coach Morgan Wootten will receive the inaugural All-Met coach of the year award bearing his name at The Washington Post's All-Met Luncheon on June 2.Wootten, who retired from DeMatha in November after 46 seasons and 33 Catholic league championships, will also be the event's guest speaker. The Morgan Wootten Award will be given each year to a distinguished high school coach.
-- Jake Schaller
and Jon Goldberg