ROCKVILLE — The Bethesda Chevy-Chase (B-CC) and Wootton high school baseball teams faced off on a rainy Tuesday as the Patriots have looked strong all year, and the Barons have improved halfway through the season.
However, while Wootton entered the contest flying high, they were no match for Miles Kessler’s dominant pitching and solid hitting as B-CC won convincingly, 4-1 on the road.
“Good consistent baseball won us that game,” said Kessler. “We struggled in the middle of the season, but now we’re back.”
Kessler was the starting pitcher for the Barons, as he nearly went the distance, 6.2 innings to be exact, and struck out five batters while getting two hits on four at-bats in the box.
“I’m really happy with how I approached the batters today,” said Kessler. “It was right around the edges with some of the better hitters. I missed one at the plate, but I did not do that again, and I’m super, super happy about that.”
B-CC got the first run in the top of the second inning when Jackson Clemens singled on a hard ground ball, allowing Trent Lopez to score.
“Great team win,” said Clemens. “Miles pitched a hell of a game, and we were able to get a couple of runs across the board.”
Then, in the top of the fourth, Clemens came through with an RBI double to left field that drove in Spencer Upston to extend the Barons’ lead to 2-0. Clemens finished the day 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs.
“Feels great to be back,” said Clemons. “It’s just fun to be back out here. I just want to put the ball in play, and when you’re doing it, good things happen.”
But Wootton didn’t give up, as Jack Mehler hit a home run to deep left field to cut the deficit to 2-1.
“Jack got pretty good,” said Patriots head coach J.D. Marchand. “It was good wood on the bat. he did a great job putting it over the fence and poked it. We were hoping that it would spark a little bit of a comeback, but unfortunately, [it] just wasn’t enough.”
However, B-CC kept the momentum in their favor with back-to-back runs in the top of the fifth, with Teddy Fisher hitting an RBI double to center field, and Lopez scoring on a balk by Wootton pitcher Liam Miller.
“It’s a great division win,” said Barons head coach John Schmidt. “Wootton’s always got a good club, but the bottom line was Miles stepped up big time for us, and Jackson put the ball in play.”
While B-CC tallied seven hits, Wootton could not get much done at the plate, as they only mustered two hits the entire game, courtesy of Mehler and Brandon Sun.
“I think we just need to put the ball in play and put a little more pressure,” said Marchand. “We didn’t get too many opportunities today to do that. We need to focus on ourselves and get the job done.”
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