Washington Baseball Hosts Memorial Baseball Tournament

The Clarence Laird -Donnie Price Memorial Baseball Tournament was held on Friday at the Washington High School Baseball Field. There were four teams who participated in Friday’s tournament – the host team, Washington, Snow Hill, Laurel, and Crisfield.

This tournament honors the memory of Clarence Laird and the love he had for Somerset County sports. Just last May, Donnie Price, the son-in-law of Clarence Laird and former WHS baseball coaching staff member – passed away, and he too, loved the Somerset County athletics. This tournament helps allow their legacies to live on while honoring both of their lives.
The first round of games finished up between Laurel taking on Crisfield and Washington at home taking on Snow Hill. Top of the first, Crisfield got on the board first, but Laurel responded with fives of their own to take the 5-1 lead after one inning. The Bulldogs would keep pushing from there and would finish the game on top, 14-4 the final, to head to the championship game.

The host team, Washington hosted Snow Hill in a back and forth battle. Starting in the bottom on the fourth inning – Washington got things moving — Jordan Culotta was at the plate and knocked one into left field for the RBI — the Jags would take the 5-3 lead. 

Snow Hill would not hold back and got straight to work – Teddy Batze got things moving for the Eagles with a homer to deep left-center to help the Eagles get back within one, they still trailed, 5-4. Then, pitcher, Zach Donoway was doing great things on both sides of the game — he would hit one up the middle for an RBI single to tie up the ball game at 5. Snow Hill would score another 2 runs – totaling 4 runs in the top of the 5th inning to take a 7-5 lead.

Bottom of the fifth inning, the Jags making their way back into the game — Travis Somers knocks one into right field bringing in two runs. Corey Carpenter is on his way home when the Eagles make it in time to tag the go ahead runner at home — it was close, but Carpenter would be called out at the plate. The game would remain tied up at 7.

Snow Hill would pull away with the win late in the game – the Eagles take this one, 11-7 the final.

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