Glen Burnie beats No. 6 N. County

April 29, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

North County was one of the surprises early this season, winning its first seven games. But after a 3-1 loss to Glen Burnie (4-5) yesterday, the No. 6 Knights have dropped three of their past four.

This latest setback was due to a three-hitter by the Gophers' Keith Volkman.

The Knights were able to push a run across in the third when pitcher Baseball

Mike Wooden led off with a double, went to third on a ground out and scored on Dave Brown's sacrifice fly.

North County (8-3) never got another runner into scoring position. Knights coach Don Usewick said his team has not been playing good baseball, but he didn't want to take anything away from Volkman's performance.

"He had a great day," Usewick said. "We had a chance to jump on him early when we had the bases loaded in the first with one out. But we let him off the hook, and we never got another chance."

Knights right-hander Wooden was just as tough to hit early, giving up only two hits through five innings.

Glen Burnie got things going in the sixth. The Gophers' Mike Bronakoski and Rocky Newton led off with singles, Todd Locklear moved the runners over with a ground ball to second and Brad Brady was walked intentionally.

Cleanup hitter Brian Pierce lined a single to right, scoring pinch runner Mike Ackerman and Newton.

Brady scored the third run when Wooden's strikeout pitch to Jay Sponaugle was wild in the dirt.

Volkman slammed the door on North County in the seventh, striking out the side. He finished with 10 strikeouts and three walks.

"This was a very big win for us today," Gophers coach Lenny Thomas said.

"Volkman was excellent today. We knew he could pitch, and I think he's gotten better every time he's gone out there for us."

The Knights' Joe York figured out Volkman, getting two of his team's three hits.

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