EAST MACHIAS, Maine — The Washington Academy baseball team jumped out to a 7-0 lead before starting pitcher Toby Woods returned in relief to preserve an 8-5 victory over Class C rival Lee Academy on Saturday afternoon.
The win improved Washington Academy’s record to 1-1, while Lee is 0-1.
Washington Academy’s first six batters of the game reached base against Lee starter A.J. Harris, sparking a five-run first-inning rally that featured a two-run double by Ryan Sprague and RBI singles by Woods and Bryce Colbeth.
The Raiders added two runs in the second as Mike Lenfestey and Colbeth — both hit by pitches — came around to score on back-to-back singles by Sprague and Tim Sawyer.
But Lee reliever Dustin Sawtelle came on to limit Washington Academy to just one unearned run on one hit over the final four innings, providing his Pandas a chance to come back.
Lee got a run in the top of the third when Harris hit a two-out single off Woods and scored on David Cropley’s double to deep center.
Woods was replaced on the mound after three innings by Tim Sawyer, and Sawyer cruised through the middle innings before his defense let him down in the top of the sixth.
Washington Academy, which had played errorless defense to that point, committed three errors on its first four chances of the inning, fueling a four-run Lee rally that drew the Pandas within 7-5.
A two-run single to center by Tyler Kuester pulled Lee within two runs, and prompted WA coach Blaine Steeves to bring Woods back to the mound.
A fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases with two outs, but Woods struck out Lee’s No. 3 hitter, Ryan Beers, with a sweeping curveball to end the inning.
WA scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth thanks to some aggressive baserunning by catcher Mike Lenfestey. He doubled to center with two outs, went to third on a wild pitch that didn’t stray far away from the catcher, and then beat the throw home after a short passed ball to give the Raiders a three-run cushion.
That was plenty for Woods, who struck out the side around a walk in the top of the seventh to end the game.
Woods pitched 4ª innings in his two stints, allowing one run on two hits while striking out 11 and walking three.
Sprague had two hits and three RBIs to pace the WA offense, while Lenfestey scored three runs.
Nick Kerr singled twice for Lee.