Freshman’s Big Hit Helps Send Chesapeake to 3A Baseball Finals

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With Chesapeake tied with Thomas Johnson in Maryland 3A baseball semifinals on Tuesday, a freshman delivered the big hit for the Cougars.

Sean Carroll hit a two-run double just over the left fielder’s outstretched glove in the third inning to give Chesapeake the lead. The Cougars didn’t look back, winning 6-2 at Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium in College Park.

No. 2 seed Chesapeake (19-3-1) takes on top seed Towson (17-2) at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Cougars’ first state championship game since 2017. The game will take place at Regency Furniture Waldorf Stadium.

It seemed fitting that a first-year player came for Chesapeake, which is led by a freshman coach. Chesapeake alumnus and longtime assistant Jeff Young said bringing Carroll to the varsity level early in the season was a big decision early in his tenure.

“At first I was like, ‘Well, I guess I’ll live and die with Sean. I’m going to be hanging off the side with him, and we’re going to take him out,” Young said. “I just couldn’t be more proud of him. We asked him a lot and he answered. »

The Cougars also got big contributions from one of their most experienced players. Senior pitcher Nick Karls (9-0) played at the mound and home plate on Tuesday. The Morehead State engagement struck out 10 in 6⅓ innings and also hit a pair of doubles — to start the game, then in the fourth. He scored after each.

“Since I was a kid, I grew up watching Chesapeake baseball,” Karls said. “It’s a dream to go out there and do this for everyone in our community.”

Chesapeake scored first but then fell 2-1 behind Thomas Johnson (19-6). After the Cougars tied the score at 2 in the third, Carroll’s big swing gave them the advantage for good.

The Chesapeake bats were particularly hot in the clutch: The Cougars’ six runs came with two outs in one inning.

Being able to handle these situations is a big reason Young and his team are optimistic about handling their final opponent of the season.

The No. 5 tank (19-5) made just his second 3A semifinal appearance in program history, but a 2-1 loss to Towson was the end of the line for the Gators.

Senior receiver Ben Davis was the only Gator to score on Tuesday, tying the game in the fourth inning after hitting a single to right field. It was a pitching duel between Towson’s Jackson Huck and Reservoir’s Jordan Peguese all the way through.

A first-inning triple from Justin Mealey gave the Generals the lead early, and another run in the fifth was the deciding game.

Reservoir defeated Howard County champion River Hill in the region final in their long playoff run.

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