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Baseball: DeMatha puts ‘yesterday’ in the past with three runs before game is rained out

Riverdale Baptist pitching coach Matt Selmer, left, spreads Quick Dry on the pitching mound in the third inning of Friday’s game against DeMatha. The game was cancelled and will not be rescheduled. (Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)

In what was expected to be a marquee Friday evening matchup between teams in The Post Top 10, No. 6 Riverdale Baptist and No. 9 DeMatha, rain and thunder canceled the game after 21 / 2 innings. The game won’t be resumed because DeMatha doesn’t have any more openings on its schedule.

Nevertheless, the Stags showed positive signs one day after a tough loss.

In the top of the third, DeMatha junior Andrew Keith lined a fastball over the plate to center field for a two-run single. A wild pitch three batters later plated Keith for another run as the Stags held a 3-0 lead when the game was canceled.

DeMatha Coach Sean O’Connor said he was pleased with how his team bounced back after losing an 11-run lead in the bottom of the sixth inning to fall to McNamara on Thursday.

“Our kids played well, we put the ball in play and made some good adjustments at the plate,” O’Connor said. “Yesterday is yesterday. That’s the best part about baseball — you get to play again.”

Riverdale Baptist pitcher Taylor Bloom had two strikeouts and allowed three runs (two earned) before Friday’s game was cancelled because of inclement weather. (Mark Gail/For The Washington Post)

DeMatha junior Jack Alkire threw 49 pitches in two innings and gave up three hits but didn’t allow a run. Alkire showed good movement on his fastball to strike out four Crusaders.

“He threw a lot of 3-1 pitches, which I didn’t like, but he made some solid pitches on 3-2 which was nice,” O’Connor said. “I thought he battled well.”

Crusaders starter Taylor Bloom (Maryland signee) struck out two batters and allowed three runs, two earned. He threw only 18 pitches over the first two innings but seemed to lose command as the rain poured in the top of the third. He finished the game with 42 pitches.

DeMatha (12-6) will face Bishop Ireton on Saturday at home and has four games remaining until the WCAC playoffs begin next Saturday. The Crusaders (16-4) will host The Heights on Monday.



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