Westminster holds off Atholton, 4-2 Baseball

April 18, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Westminster second baseman Brad Gibson made a crucial defensive play and scored twice to spark the Owls to a 4-2 victory over Atholton yesterday.

With Westminster leading 4-2 and Atholton runners on first and second in the bottom of the fifth inning, Gibson took away what looked like a certain hit by making a leaping catch of a soft line drive off Richard Blankenship's bat.

Gibson then turned toward first base, and his throw doubled up pinch runner David Bowyer to end the inning.

Atholton (4-2) scored both of its runs earlier that inning, on three walks, a sacrifice fly by Kevin Nickey and an RBI single by Ryan Schneider.

Both runs were charged to Westminster starter Mark Winebrunner, who pitched a three-hitter through four innings before walking the first two batters in the fifth inning.

Jeremy Robinson relieved Winebrunner and walked the first batter he faced before giving up a sacrifice fly, an RBI single and then getting the double play off Gibson's catch.

Winebrunner is 2-0 on the season. For Robinson, it was his second save.

Atholton threatened in the sixth inning on Ryan McQueeney's one-out double. McQueeney was 2-for-3. But Robinson fanned the next two batters to get out of the inning.

Atholton also put a runner on base in the seventh on a one-out walk, but a slick double play started by third baseman Brett Harnes ended the game.

Westminster scored twice in the third inning off Atholton starter Shane Beaver on singles by Gibson, Todd Dorsey, Adam Pfieffer and Brian Dayton.

Westminster scored two more runs in the fourth inning -- both unearned.

Harnes hit a one-out single. Then Gibson reached on an error. Jason Magin singled. The ball rolled under center fielder Derrek Schneider's glove and Harnes and Gibson scored on the play.

Beaver (0-2) allowed seven hits, struck out nine and walked two.

"He's probably the best 0-2 pitcher in the state," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "But he's going to keep on pitching our big games for us. We just need to get him a little more stick. He only made one bad pitch when he let Gibson have a fat one on an 0-2 count."

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