Edgewood swings past Patterson, 9-2

April 14, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

It was expected to be a battle of senior pitching standouts, but in the end Edgewood used better hitting and better fielding to post a 9-2 non-league victory over visiting Patterson yesterday.

Sophomores drove in the first five runs for No. 10-ranked Edgewood (4-0), as the Rams built a 5-0 lead through five innings behind left-hander Wade Greason.

After three Patterson errors helped Edgewood pad its margin in the sixth, Greason lost his shutout bid in the seventh, yielding two hits and two walks and delivering a wild pitch.

Greason ended with 14 strikeouts, getting at least two in every inning but one, and finishing with three in the seventh. There were nine walks, too, but Greason, 6 feet 1, 185 pounds, managed to stay out of trouble until the last inning.

Patterson ace John Sauer, who had 17 strikeouts in a recent win against Bel Air, ended with five strikeouts and six walks.

Edgewood's Rob Mister had the first of his two doubles and first of his two RBI in the first inning, added one of each in the third and later scored on a successful squeeze bunt by John Cephalis.

In the fifth, with runners on second and third, designated hitter E. J. Anderson ended an 0-for-8 skid with a line double to left, giving Greason breathing room.

Until the seventh, Greason, who finished with a three-hitter, had given Patterson (2-2) just one hit, and that one was a bit tainted.

Edgewood junior Chris James, who normally splits his time between first base and pitching, has been pressed into service at shortstop, and in the third inning, he got turned around on a fly ball by Earl Smith. The ball dropped untouched just out of James' reach on the edge of the outfield grass.

Patterson second baseman Gus Caranikolis took care of any no-hit speculation (the possibility that Smith's untouched single was an error) when he lined a single through the middle with one out in the seventh.

Caranikolis also was the victim on the day's best fielding play, a fourth-inning catch by center fielder Jamie Coons, who ran in and made a diving grab.

"This was a big game for us," second-year Edgewood coach Kevin Tyree said, "because now we have two wins over Class 4A schools [Poly and Patterson] and two over regional teams [North East and North Harford]."

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