ARNOLD, Md. - Michael Hovermill, Jr. (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Spackenkil) pitched a complete-game gem to propel Prince George's Community College past Anne Arundel Community College 7-1 in Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (MD JUCO) baseball action on Tuesday.
The freshman allowed one run on four hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts on 117 pitches in a nine-inning complete game to earn his first win of the season. Hovermill pitched a 1-2-3 inning five times and retired 12 of 13 batters faced from the second to the fifth inning with the only hitter reaching base on an error in that stretch. The Riverhawks (8-11, 4-2 MD JUCO) were 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and twice Anne Arundel had runners in scoring position with no outs and the freshman got out of both innings unscathed.
Bay To (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann) went 3-for-4 with two RBIs for the Owls (15-5-1, 1-4-1 MD JUCO) while Brandon Crosby (Richmond, Va./Atlee, Mechanicsville) posted two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Jared Davis (Largo, Md./Bayside [Va.]) registered two hits, two runs scored and an RBI, and Dakota McFadden (Largo, Md./Heide Trask [N.C.]) tallied two hits, a run scored and an RBI in the winning effort.
Nathaniel Anthony picked up one of the four hits against Hovermill and knocked in the only run for the Riverhawks in the loss.
Prince George's jumped out to the lead with a run in the first and then added to the advantage while Hovermill stood tall on his perch to keep Anne Arundel in check and help the Owls to their fourth-straight win against the neighboring county community college.
Dwayne Coleman (Lothian, Md./Southern) singled with one out in the first and moved to second when To walked before McFadden brought Coleman home on an RBI single to right center for a 1-0 lead.
Prince George's added a run in the fifth to incease the advantage to two runs. Crosby started the stanza with a single to center and moved to second on a wild pitch. After Coleman walked, To singled through the left side to score Crosby for a 2-0 edge.
A three-run sixth inning increased the Owls advantage to 5-0. Kilian Bloat (Liberty, N.Y./Liberty) walked and moved to third when Naquan Holden (Brooklyn, N.Y./Perkiomen) shot a single through the right side. Davis plated Bloat with an RBI single through the left side before Crosby brought home Holden and Davis on a two-run double to cap the three-run outburst.
The Riverhawks finally scratched a run across in the sixth to trim the margin to 6-1 when Anthony hit a run-scoring single to left field.
Prince George's sealed the victory in the eighth with its seventh run of the afternoon. After Davis started the rally with an opposite field single and then he moved to second when Crosby walked, To scored Davis on an opposite field single for a 7-1 lead.
The Owls played six games in four days and posted a 5-1 record in that stretch, including outscoring the opponents 44-12 in the five victories.
Prince George's returns to action on Thursday at home against Cecil College. First pitch is 3 p.m.