Despite a no-hit effort through eight innings by starting pitcher Brian Egolf, the Dayton American Legion baseball team lost a 4-3 game to Parkville on Thursday night.
Parkville, one of the league's stronger teams, scored in the third and sixth innings on a combination ofwalks, errors and stolen bases.
Its winning run came in the ninth inning when Dayton relief pitcher Todd Messner gave up a single to the first batter he faced.
Egolf had walked the first two batters of the ninth inning, and both advanced on stolen bases before Messner entered the game.
The game featured an unusual play in the bottom of the seventh inning, when Parkville appeared to have won the game. With two outs and the scored tied, 3-3, Paul Cox lined a ball to right field, and Mike Stefanoni raced home from second base.
Dayton right fielder Mark Trecannelli fielded the ball on a couple of hops as Parkville started celebrating.
But Dayton shortstop Brian Bickerton said that Cox had never touched first base. Cox took off his batting helmet and ran over to the Parkville bench to celebrate.
Bickerton called for the ball from Trecannelli, Cox was declared out and the run disallowed. The wild play gave the Raiders new life.
Dayton, pumped up by its good fortune, rallied in the top of the eighth but fell short of scoring.
Joe Goldberg and Eric Glenn each singled to start the inning. James Cheng bunted into a force out at third base.
Trecannelli grounded out to the pitcher as the runners held their bases, and Trecannelli was ejected from the game for running into the first baseman. After a walk to Bickerton that loaded the bases, Christian Straussner fanned.
Onlyone of the four Parkville runs was earned, as Dayton made six errorsin yet another uneven defensive effort.
Dayton did make four outstanding defensive plays: two by Egolf, one by Bickerton that saved a run, and one by Trecannelli.
Parkville scored twice in the third inning on a walk and three errors. And they added one run in the sixthon a walk, two stolen bases and an error.
Dayton scored once in the first inning on a walk to Cheng, a stolen base, a balk and a groundout by Bickerton.
The Raiders added two runs in the second inningon a walk to Mike D'Andrea, a triple by Egolf and a sacrifice fly byGoldberg.
Base-running mistakes ruined potential Dayton rallies in the fifth and ninth innings.
In the fifth, after Egolf led off with a walk, Goldberg tried to stretch a single to a double and was thrown out. The inning ended with Egolf stranded at third base.
In the ninth, D'Andrea led off with a triple and was thrown out trying tostretch it into a home run.
"I took the chance of sending him home because I thought it would take two perfect throws to get him," Dayton Manager George Bickerton said.
Parkville received nine walks, seven of them after the fifth inning. Parkville also stole nine basesin 10 attempts.
Bob Trzeciak, playing his first game for Parkville, was the winning pitcher after entering the game at the start of the third inning. He pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, fanning eight and walking two. Dayton had trouble hitting his curve.
Meanwhile, Egolf relied mainly on his forkball to baffle Parkville's hitters.
"I wasn't tired at the end, but I just couldn't find the plate,"Egolf said.
Parkville has eight Perry Hall High School players onits team. Five of them started in Thursday's game. Perry Hall was ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area by The Sun for most of the high school season this year.
Parkville improved its league record to 6-5. But four of those losses were forfeits for using an ineligible player. Dayton's league record dropped to 2-7.