Red-faced Reds fall to Bedouins, 15-11

June 28, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

It was one of those this-can't-really-be-happening games that both sides would like to forget.

And it ended almost as strangely as it began.

"It certainly wasn't pretty," said coach Tom Showe of the Columbia Reds, who were on the short end of a 15-11 score in a Baltimore-Metro League baseball game Thursday at Hammond High.

The Reds gave up 14 hits, walked five, hit one and made two errors. They also failed to cover second base on a potential double-play grounder to the pitcher that resulted in all runners being safe and led to four unearned runs. The loss dropped Columbia's league record to 8-9.

The Bedouins didn't play much better, giving up 11 hits and six walks, and committing three costly errors.

Showe was peeved that the umpires called the game in the bottom of the seventh inning on account of darkness. The Reds had two on, two out, and their hottest hitter, Tait Arend, at the plate.

Arend had already homered, singled, walked and driven in three runs against the Bedouins, one of the premier Metro teams.

The umpires' decision ended what had been a prodigious Reds comeback from 8-0 and 15-3 deficits.

The Bedouins, 12-5 in the league, scored eight runs in the top of the first inning off Reds starting pitcher Brian Gick.

Gick knew he would be in trouble when he learned that his uncle was the home-plate umpire. He figured that his uncle would call a tighter than normal game to avoid any inkling of impropriety.

"The ump had a small strike zone," said Gick, who also was surprised that his former Atholton teammate, Kevin Nickey, was not the starting catcher. "I'm used to him catching me."

The Reds' No. 1 catcher has been Oakland Mills' Tony Scarzello, and he started.

Gick surrendered six hits, including a two-run homer, and walked three in that first inning. He allowed two more hits and hit a batter before being removed with no outs in the second inning.

"My curve wasn't breaking tonight, and they were just hitting it where we weren't," Gick said. "It was just one of those nights."

The Bedouins scored five more runs in the second inning, as relief pitcher Chris Dodson gave up two two-run doubles. The winners added two more runs in the third on a double, single and an error.

Dodson pitched well in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, however, holding the Bedouins to just one more hit and no runs.

The Reds scored three times in the first on a single, three walks and an error. They added one run in the fourth on a double by Scarzello and Bill Ferguson's run-scoring groundout.

In the fifth inning, the Reds scored four times on six hits. Austin Groves led off with a single. Brian Van Deusen also singled. Curtis Barnard doubled home Groves, and both Van Deusen and Barnard scored on a wild relay throw. Arend homered, making it a 15-8 game.

The Reds then loaded the bases with one out, but Brian Lopez grounded into a double play.

Columbia came back with three runs in the sixth inning on three hits, including doubles by Van Deusen and Brian Dunn, and an RBI-single by Arend.

The night was memorable for Arend not only because he had three hits and three RBI, but immediately following the game a scout unexpectedly offered him a $6,000 per year scholarship to Salem Teikyo College in West Virginia. Arend, who was planning attend Elon College, hasn't decided whether to accept the offer.

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