SHADY HILLS — The last time district rivals Bishop McLaughlin and Tampa Prep met, the Terrapins slipped away with a 5-4 victory at home. This time, however, Tampa Prep left no doubt who the better team was.
The Terrapins took advantage of five walks and notched 10 hits in a dominant 11-0 mercy-rule victory in five innings against the Hurricanes on Friday night in a Class 3A-District 7 matchup.
“The biggest thing was, our pitchers couldn’t pitch off-speed tonight,” Bishop McLaughlin coach Jeff Swymer said. “We were behind in counts, and when you’re predictable to good-hitting teams, you see what they do. There was no doubt. (Tampa Prep) beat us.”
With rain clouds looming in the distance, both teams were unsure if they would even be able to get the big district game played.
Tampa Prep (12-6, 6-0) rushed Bishop McLaughlin starter Franklin German out of the game, with the Hurricanes pitcher only going 31⁄3 innings.
Tampa Prep’s big inning came in the top of the fourth, which they entered already ahead 5-0, and they scored six runs off three Bishop McLaughlin pitchers on five hits and two walks. Terrapins pitcher Sam Martin pitched a gem and kept Hurricanes batters off balance, holding Bishop McLaughlin (9-7, 3-3) to one hit and striking out two in a complete-game effort.
“I thought we came out really flat in the infield and outfield during pregame,” Tampa Prep coach AJ Hendrix said. “We came out and really got things going after the second inning with some base hits. It’s always nice when you’re able to put a district opponent away early, and (Bishop McLaughlin) is a good baseball team.”