North Point Comes Back to Beat Chopticon

Brittany Felton, Sports Writer

A great night at the field with a great game played by both teams ended in victory for the North Point Eagles. The final score was 9-8, winning runs scored in the bottom of the ninth inning.

      Starting Pitcher Anthony Smith (`10) gave up back to back home runs to Chopticon in the first inning of the game. In the end those two runs didn’t necessarily matter since they came back to win. After Smith was taken out of the game Neil Kitzmiller (`10) came on to pitch and was followed by Tyler Sandy (`10). Pitching found it vital to hold Chopticon to their eight runs in the seventh inning to give the Eagles a chance to tie the game or even win.

      JC Babin (`10) shared his thoughts on how his team approached the seventh inning. He said, “We were down three runs, and had to let the dogs out.” They certainly did just that by loading the bases and driving in the runs.

      “We played Eagle Baseball and that’s what it came down to. We knew we we needed 4 runs to win and pulled together to get the win. Our fielding wasn’t the greatest throughout the game, but whenever stuff like that happens, the team stands strong and pushes even harder,” said Kitzmiller after the game.

      Zach Keeler (`12) had a great game with two of his hits hitting the fence in center field. His second double came with the bases load, one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, down by two. He scored the tying and winning runs for his team and impressed everyone for his first year on the varsity team. His brother Johnathan Keeler who graduated last year from North Point said jokingly “I take all the credit for every hit he’s ever gotten.”

     Their record is now improved to 11-5 with big games coming up to help them build momentum in the playoffs.