There was nothing magical about George Washington’s 6-5 win over Capital in high school baseball action Monday night.
But given that the game came against the Patriots’ intracity rival, it really didn’t have to be.
George Washington fell behind 4-1 in the third inning, but rallied late to secure the tough win at Floyd B, Wilcox Field.
“We grinded it out,” said George Washington coach Chad Campbell, whose team improved to 4-1 with the win. “We left a lot of people on base tonight and we needed some key hits, but a win’s a win.”
Capital dropped to 2-3, with all three losses by one run.
George Washington starting pitcher Grant Wooten and Capital right-hander Austin Hupp battled through highs and lows through five innings, before turning the ball over to their respective bullpens. Both starters were touched up for runs early, but also worked out of early jams.
GW struck first when Clayton Anderson led the second inning off with a single and came around to score on a one-out triple by Josh Petit. Capital jumped on Wooten for four runs in the third inning, all of which came with two outs. The Cougars turned two hits, two walks and a fielder’s choice into trouble for the Patriots, with the key blow being a two-out, three-run triple to right-center field by Trenton Campbell.
George Washington edged closer in the bottom of the third when Austin Griffith was hit by a pitch and came around to score on a double-steal to make the scored 4-2 Capital, The Patriots tied the game at 4 apiece with a pair of fifth inning runs. Griffith and Connor Moffatt knocked in runs in the inning that started with a lead-off double by Jeff Wong. Capital regained the lead with a solo homer by Jordan Bray to lead off the sixth inning, before reliever Garrett Vogelbach closed out the inning without any further damage.
The Patriots plated the tying and go ahead runs in the sixth inning off of Capital reliever Justin Palmer. Wooten and Wong led the inning off with singles, followed by John Thomas, who reached on an infield error. Griffith followed with an RBI single to tie the score at 5-5, before Anderson drew a walk on a two-out, 3-2 pitch to score Wong with the eventual game winner.
Vogelbach earned the win in reliever, while Palmer took the loss.
“We’re bringing Garrett in this year for one or two innings and he did a good job for us,” Campbell said. “He’s a really, really smart baseball kid and we can trust him on the mound with a lot of different things.”
For Capital coach Robert Massey, the one-run losses are tough to accept, but he can’t find fault in his team’s effort through five games.
“That was a great high school baseball game,” Massey said. “GW has a great pack over there and Chad does a great job with them. They’ve got a lot of really good players and they can hit.
“Right now we’re still losing one-run games, but we’re not finding a way to lose,” he added. “That’s the big thing. We’re on the cusp of being a good team. Capital is not beating Capital. We had good intensity tonight, but we just kept putting ourselves in bad situations.”