Westminster's Gibson slows down Howard, 7-5

April 20, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

It had been three years, back to Babe Ruth ball, since Westminster senior Brad Gibson had pitched.

With four games this week, coach Carl Rihard asked Gibson to pitch yesterday against visiting Howard. It wasn't pretty, but Gibson got the job done, going six innings for the decision in a 7-5 victory.

Aside from a four-run Howard third, Gibson was strong, allowing six hits -- all singles -- before giving way to Chris Archembault, who pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.

"With four games this week, this was definitely a game we needed," said Rihard.

"Brad had some problems in that third, but for the most part pitched very well. Howard didn't have too many hard-hit balls. Three or four of them were bloop hits, and they also had that squibber to start the third."

Howard's big inning came after Westminster (6-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead with one run in the first and two in the second. A sacrifice fly by Brian Dayton in the first scored leadoff hitter Jason Magin, who had reached with a line single to center. Jeff Ibex and Todd Dorsey had RBI singles in the second.

Jamie Kendrick got things started in the Howard third with a dribbler to Gibson, which he beat out for a single. Caileen Leith followed with a single, and Gibson walked Ryan Frees to load the bases.

An infield error brought home Kendrick. Larry Long was hit by a pitch to score Leith. Pitcher Brad Mountcastle tied the score with an RBI single to center.

With the bases loaded and still none out, Mark Godfrey hit a hard grounder to third. Third baseman Brett Haines fired to home for one out and catcher Adam Pfieffer threw to first to get Godfrey.

Dave Adams missed on a suicide squeeze but Long salvaged the mistake by stealing home anyway to give Howard a 4-3 lead.

"We made some mistakes. A couple of walks, a booted ball and a hit here and there -- that's all it takes," said Rihard.

Westminster tied it with another RBI single from Dorsey, scoring Ibex, who had singled.

The Owls took the lead for good with a three-run fifth, taking advantage of two Howard errors and singles by Haines, Gibson and Magin.

It was another tough loss for Howard (0-6) and first-year coach Matt Forsythe. "We're playing the top teams tough," he said.

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