Edgewood comes back again 4-run 7th dooms C. Milton Wright Baseball

May 01, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Edgewood High School's 5 o'clock lightning struck again yesterday.

This time, C. Milton Wright, previously unbeaten in the Harford County League, was the victim of a seventh-inning uprising.

Sophomore catcher John Cephalis was the hero, driving a ball to deep right-center field to drive in the winning run in Edgewood's 8-7 victory. It could have been a home run, but the RBI ended the game and Edgewood coach Kevin Tyree grabbed Cephalis in a bear hug as he rounded third.

When it was over, Edgewood (8-2), rallying to win in a final inning for the fifth time this season, had scored in just two innings in overcoming a 7-0 deficit. The outcome kept pitcher Wade Greason, who went the distance, unbeaten at 6-0.

"I was going to clear the bench, but then we got those four runs in the fifth and I decided I'd better wait," Tyree said. "And, if we hadn't won it, we were going to have to find someone to pitch. Wade had gone as far as he could."

Greason, who was not as sharp as usual, worked with runners on base in every inning, and ended with five strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters.

Jamie Coons got a one-out walk, stole second and scored on a single by Chris James to start Edgewood's seventh-inning rally. Rob Mister doubled to right-center, Greason was walked intentionally to load the bases, and designated hitter E.J. Anderson ripped a single past second base, scoring James and Mister to tie the score.

Cephalis jumped on the first pitch to win the game for Edgewood.

"Before he went to bat, I called a team meeting," Tyree said. "The kids were the ones who had brought us back, so I wanted them to vote on whether we hit away or tried to squeeze the run home. The vote was to squeeze. John said, 'OK,' and then I suggested we let him take a rip at the first one, then squeeze."

C. Milton Wright (5-2) had piled up its lead with two unearned runs in the second, two runs in the third and three in the fifth. Chuck Harris led a 12-hit attack with three hits and one RBI; Joe Zarzycki added two hits and two RBI; and Dan Angelini and starting pitcher Brandon Bennett had two hits apiece.

Bennett, a senior who had pitched only three innings all season, had a no-hitter until two were out in the fifth.

Tim Hughes, a senior who had left Edgewood's lacrosse team several weeks ago then asked permission to come out for baseball, broke up the no-hitter with a solid single to center. A single, a fielder's choice and three straight singles accounted for Edgewood's first four runs.

Jeff Schwartz then relieved Bennett and got an inning-ending out on an infield pop-up.

"He was getting tired, but he was throwing strikes," Wright coach Jim Miller said of Bennett. "I don't think we left him in too long."

Schwartz retired five batters in a row before the winning barrage.

James and Mister had two hits each among Edgewood's nine, and Hughes, who had two hits in a start Thursday, now has three in seven at-bats.

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