11 1st-inning runs sends Carey out of MAL in style

CAREY – With no league implications remaining and coming a few days after Carey lost its district semifinal game, Carey coach Joey Roark tried to inspire his team to play a game with Fremont St. Joe that was – essentially – meaningless.

“I told the boys before the game there’s nothing to play for,” Roark said. “We’re playing for pride, playing for our seniors and come out and pounce on them in the first inning.”

Did they ever.

The Blue Devils scored 11 runs in the first inning, and cruised to an run-ruled 18-7 win over St. Joe.

Matthew Holsinger, Carey’s starting pitcher, picked up the win and had his way at the plate, driving in six runs. Satchel Strahm scored four times, while Steve Yonts, Marcus O’Flaherty and Brady Mullholand each drove in two runs.

Carey finished its season at 7-14.

Seniors get fitting sendoff in Calvert win

Kate Brickner capped her high school career with two doubles, Nicole Bickley did so by securing a win in the circle and Margaret Bowers by scoring twice.

All in all, a good day for Calvert’s seniors, and the Senecas in general, who wrapped the 2014 season with a 9-4 Midland Athletic League drubbing of North Baltimore.

Brickner scored twice and drove in a pair of runs for the Senecas, who finished at 11-11, 2-7 in the MAL. The Senecas used a three-run second to break at 2-2 tie, then sandwiched a pair of runs in the fourth around single tallies in the third and fifth to pull away.

Bickley picked up the win by allowing four runs in six innings, striking out 10 and walking two.

Taylor Ritzler had four hits and scored three times for the Senecas.

Kelcie Bean had three hits and scored a run for the Tigers. Bean also took the loss in the circle. Makayla Rein had a hit and an RBI for North Baltimore.