North County stuns Northeast, 22-0

April 01, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

The season started late, the air was chilled and the opponent was the two-time defending state Class 2A champions.

North County had plenty of excuses at hand in case of a loss at Northeast yesterday, but the Knights didn't use any of them.

When a baseball team wins by 22 runs, the last thing it needs is a good alibi.

The 15th-ranked Knights scored five runs in the second inning, six more in the fourth and rolled to its most lopsided win in the school's three-year history, 22-0, over No. 7 Northeast in the season opener for both teams.

"It was the worst defeat we've ever had," said Eagles 25th-year coach Harry Lentz, whose team committed eight errors. "I've been here for every game, and that's the absolute worst."

And an extremely drawn-out one. The game lasted nearly 3 1/2 hours, as Northeast paraded four pitchers to the mound who combined to walk 20 batters. Two walks came with the bases loaded, and another run scored on a balk.

"We got on a roll and kept on going," said Knights coach Don Usewick. "Good things kept going for us, and bad things kept happening to them. That's baseball."

North County senior right-hander Joe York went the first four innings, allowing just one hit, walking five and striking out six. Sophomore right-hander Mike Wooden pitched the last three innings, giving up one hit and striking out eight.

The only Eagle to fare well was senior first baseman/pitcher Ed Nalley, a transfer from Glen Burnie who singled, doubled and walked.

Northeast starter Wayne Hudson, who was 6-1 last season, struggled with his control from the outset.

The senior right-hander walked the bases loaded in the first inning, but managed to escape. But he wasn't as lucky the next inning, when the visiting Knights sent 11 batters to the plate and parlayed two hits, four walks, a hit batter and an error into a 5-0 lead.

Senior second baseman Scott Lam singled in two runs, and a throwing error scored two more. Senior first baseman Eric Schwink walked with the bases loaded to bring home another run.

Hudson left after giving up a run-scoring single to senior catcher Dave Brown with one out in the fourth inning. He allowed just three hits, but threw 96 pitches and walked eight batters.

His replacement, senior right-hander Chris Kelly, didn't fare much better. Kelly, who also went 6-1 last season, lasted two innings before leaving with the score 13-0 and North County in the midst of a 10-run sixth inning.

Nalley and junior right-hander Jason Hohman mopped up.

"All I can say is we've got to get better. We have better talent than that," Lentz said.

"We can't say it's because we haven't scrimmaged or we haven't been out here. Everybody's in the same boat with the weather, so that's no excuse. Our pitchers aren't that bad."

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