At first, Maret junior Nick Leonard, a smooth-swinging 6-foot-5 left-handed batter, thought the pitch he drilled off of his bat was headed into the right field seats for a two-run home run. It would have given his team the lead in the top of the sixth inning of Sunday’s D.C. High School Baseball Classic at Nationals Park. Instead, it hit high off the wall for a stand-up double, driving in the tying run.
After Maret was held to three runs through five innings and trailed Wilson by a run, Leonard’s hit proved to the game’s biggest momentum shift — an RBI double that started a three-run, sixth-inning rally that powered Maret to a 6-5 win and to its first ever D.C. High School Baseball Classic championship.
“I thought it was gone,” he said with a chuckle. “I blame it on the BBCOR,” referring to the new style of bats introduced this season that have shown to produce less pop than older ones.