Cambridge baseball routs Washington, moves on in 1A playoffs
CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Behind five runs in the first inning, the Cambridge South-Dorchester Vikings eliminated Washington from the 1A MPSSAA State Playoffs with the 11-1 win in round one. The Jaguars finished the year with a 7-13 record and the five seed in the section 2 East bracket.
The bats came alive for the Vikings from their first at bat. Khalik Beasley started out the day with a double into the gap. Next batter up and Jay Duey II sent a dribbler down the third base line forcing an error by the baseman scoring Beasley from third. The Vikes would rattle off four more runs in the first to take the 5-0 lead. CSD would put up three more runs in the next four innings to extend their lead to eight.
Jump ahead to the top of the fourth and Washington had the bases loaded and no outs looking to cut into the Viking lead. After walking three straight batters, Cambridge pitcher Noah Presley would turn it around and strike out the next three batters closing the door on any scoring opportunity the Jaguars had in the inning.
A new pitcher for Cambridge and a bases loaded hit by pitch would score UMES commit Riley Horner from third putting the Jags on the board in the top of the fifth. In the second, Presley after an impressive day on the mound showed out at bat. With Beasley on third once again, the Junior send a sac fly into deep right field bringing Beasley home for the game ending run.
The Vikings will travel to St. Michaels to take on the Saints in round two on Saturday.