St. Marks HS blasted Appoquinimink for ten runs in the first two innings then coasted to a 12-1 victory over the host Jaguars in the quarterfinal round of the DIAA state baseball tournament Thursday afternoon.
The Spartans pushed across four runs in the first inning, but didn't stop there. The hot bats continued as St. Marks pounded Appo pitching for six more runs in the second inning. The Spartan rally was helped on a close call that could have ended the inning, but the big blow came on a grand slam.
"We've had a sense of urgency the past few weeks, since knew we had to win our last two games to even get into the tournament," said Spartan coach Matt Smith. But we've had solid pitching and defense all year and our hitting has come around recently," he said.
The Jaguars rallied for a run in the bottom of the second off Spartan starter, junior Matt Frost, but it was way too little run production when the team still had enough innings to get back into the ball game. Frost then shut down the Jags offense over the next five innings.
St. Mark's now advances to the semifinal round against Catholic Conference opponent St. Elizabeth's on Saturday.