Trailing the hot Pro Jersey Maulers, 5-1, in Maryland semi-pro baseball action last Tuesday, Aberdeen McDonald's found needed relief in Eric White.
The pitcher, who had just been added to Aberdeen's roster, went the final 3 1/3 innings giving up no runs and just two hits. That helped his team rally for a 6-5 win at Thomas Run Park, at Harford Community College.
The two teams were scheduled to play again Thursday night, but the game was rained out.
In Tuesday's game Aberdeen starter Rich van Nordic gave up five earned runs in the first 3 2/3 innings. White then stepped in to put on a brilliant performance in his first game.
"He had called me up for a tryout, but I thought it was a little late in the season for that," Aberdeen manager Chuck Scott said. "I just decided to let him pitch and crossed my fingers. I'm glad I did."
After Scott summoned White in the fourth inning, Aberdeen (23-8) came to life at the plate.
zTC Mike Phillips, pinch-hitting in the fourth, smacked a two-run double to cut the lead to 5-3.
After remaining in the game to play left field, Phillips later added an RBI single.
Aberdeen also scored an unearned run after a Maulers wild pitch. Right fielder Chris DeMartino added two hits to the attack.
Meanwhile, White was steady defensively on the mound. His quick action on a pair of bunt single attempts helped him cut down both runners at first.
Then with two on in the fifth, White pounced on a sacrifice bunt attempt down the first base line and nailed the runner sliding into second base, thwarting the rally.
The loss drops Pro Jersey's season record to 9-20.
The rained-out game Thursday will be made up at the end of the season only if its outcome will affect the standings.
As of Friday, Cecil Johnies had a strong hold on the lead in the Northern Division with a 24-1 record, followed by Crouse Construction (22-3). Aberdeen McDonald's holds third place. Pro Jersey is in seventh place.
The Maryland Semi-Pro Baseball League all-star game will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday at Thomas Run Park.
The game will pit the best players from the Northern Division against the best of the Southern Division in a seven-inning contest, and will feature several former pro players and several who have been drafted by pro teams.
"Over the last few years, this league has grown from 12 or 13 teams to 18, and has been attracting a lot of pro players," said Scott, the league commissioner. "Many of our players have either played pro ball or are just starting out. It's not just a rec league."