Crowd of 7,210 doesn't help Baysox London tops Bowie for first time, 4-3

April 17, 1993|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

In Saturday's editions, Bowie Baysox third baseman Sam Ferretti was incorrectly identified in a photograph. The Sun regrets the error.

The crowd was full of electricity, aching to root on the new tenants of Memorial Stadium.

"I thought they were great," said Bowie Baysox center fielder Jeffrey Hammonds. "The weather conditions were bad, it was overcast and rainy and they cheered and cheered until they couldn't go on anymore. They were primed."

But the support of the 7,210 fans wasn't quite enough, as the London Tigers ruined the Baysox's home opener, 4-3, in a game that ended with a dense fog hovering over the stadium.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

It was London's first victory over Bowie, which swept the Tigers in the season-opening series in Ontario.

But the result wasn't as important as the atmosphere created by the return of baseball to 33rd Street.

"The crowd had a lot of energy," said Bowie manager Don Buford. "They were outstanding. I think we could have had another 3,000 in here if the weather had been better.

"And I think they enjoyed the game."

Jose Mercedes of Bowie and Felipe Lira of London hooked up in a rematch of their pitching duel in the second game of the season. Neither was around for a decision in that game, which the Baysox won, 7-5, in 13 innings.

Last night, the Tigers clinched the game in the sixth with a two-run rally featuring three singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly against Mercedes.

But the Baysox kept battling back against London's bullpen and weren't retired until Sam Ferretti grounded out with two men on and two out in the ninth.

"Everybody swang the bat well," said Bowie right fielder Stanton Cameron. "We hit a lot of balls hard that were caught. I got one [a deep fly to center] that I just got off the end of the bat."

NB Each team had a bases-empty home run in the fourth inning, Lon

don's Dan Bautista off Mercedes to left-center field and Bowie's Tim Holland off Lira with two outs.

Hammonds hit a wicked line drive that was caught by third baseman Jimmy Alder, but also struck out twice in a rough debut.

Holland drove in the first Bowie run with a second-inning single and now leads the team with seven RBI. A triple by pinch hitter Edgar Alfonso and a ground ball by Jim Wawruck accounted for the other Baysox run.

It was enough to keep the fans interested.

"If that crowd is an indication of the enthusiasm we're going to see, we're going to win nine out of 10 times," Hammonds said. "They were really into it."

NOTES: The Baysox had an overwhelming response to their offer of a free ticket in exchange for service on the tarpaulin crew. By an hour before game time, groundskeeper Jimmy Juergens had 22 youths removing the tarp and had to turn away others. . . . A glitch in the telephone system prevented some fans from reaching the team offices and possibly held down the crowd. The threat of rain was also a negative factor. Batting practice and infield were canceled. . . . The pre-game tailgate party sponsored by radio station 92Q was postponed until today from noon until 2 p.m. . . . Firsts: The lights went on at 6:59 p.m., the first official pitch by Mercedes was thrown at 7:10 p.m. Baysox's T. R. Lewis scored the first run. The first batter, Shannon Penn of London, struck out against Mercedes. . . . First baseman Brent Miller was out of the lineup with a sore quadriceps muscle, but was available to pinch hit.

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