College of Southern Maryland teams enjoying the spring
By TED BLACK firstname.lastname@example.org
· Apr 6, 2018
Through the first half of the spring sports schedule at the College of Southern Maryland, a pair of men's teams finished the month of March in sharp style while the school's two women's squads are seeking to regain their winning ways soon.
Following a pair of seasons in which they failed to reach the double-digit mark in victories, the CSM baseball team won 12 games last season under first-year coach Aaron Michael and the red hot Hawks are already within one win of that sum courtesy of a nine-game win streak that began on a chilly afternoon against Union County (N.J.) last month.
CSM (11-8 overall, 2-3 in the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference) has primarily relied on solid pitching during their nine-game skein, but it also had to display more than a hint of resiliency while completing a doubleheader sweep over visiting Sullivan County (N.Y.) at Regency Furniture Stadium in Waldorf on Monday. Trailing 6-2 after five innings, the Hawks rallied for five runs in the sixth for a 7-6 victory.
"What I really like about this group is they're playing hard, they're practicing hard and they're supportive of one another," Michael said. "They're always right there to pick each other up. Our pitching has definitely been the key, but we're also getting plenty of hits. It seems like every inning we have guys on base and we're putting pressure on the opposing pitchers."
In the second victory over Sullivan County, Justin Hitt (a Northern High School graduate) picked up the win for tossing one scoreless inning of relief. C.J. Hill (a Chopticon High School graduate from Leonardtown) had two hits and drove in three runs, while Derek Taitano (a Leonardtown High School graduate from Hollywood), Matt Schnoor (a La Plata High School graduate from La Plata) and Ajay Devino (a Huntingtown High School graduate from Huntingtown) each had two hits for the Hawks in the comeback victory.
In the opener, a 4-2 CSM victory, sophomore Bradyn Vogtsberger, a 2016 Huntingtown High School graduate from Huntingtown who spent his freshman year at Towson University, tossed a complete game, allowing two earned runs on four hits and two walks while fanning seven. The Hawks managed only two hits in that game but benefited from eight walks.
In a CSM twin-bill sweep over Stratford University (Va.) on March 27, Jaime Gomez and Trevor Burch (a St. Mary's Ryken High School graduate from Charlotte Hall) both tossed complete games.
Gomez blanked Sullivan on six hits and one walk while fanning five in the 2-0 opener, while Burch limited Sullivan to one run on six hits and one walk while collecting two strikeouts in a 5-1 victory. Burch and Demino had two hits each in the opener, while Dale Arbaugh III, Taitano and Schoor each had two hits in the second game.
In the Hawks' doubleheader sweep over Catonsville, by scores of 3-1 and 4-1, Gomez and Burch also recorded complete-game victories. Gomez limited Catonsville to one run on seven hits and one walk while fanning six, while Burch held Catonsville to one run on four hits and four walks while fanning three. Will Vickers had two hits and drove in three runs in the second game.