Poly regains form, routs Southern

May 18, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Poly's baseball team entered last week as the area's sixth-ranked team, averaging over 12 hits per game.

That was before the Engineers' bats took a two-game sabbatical, leading to losses against Prince George's County's highly touted Riverdale Baptist -- an earlier winner over No. 4 McDonogh -- and No. 13 Patterson.

But in yesterday's 13-2, Baltimore City championship victory over City 3A league champ Southern (15-3) at Patterson, the 10th-ranked Engineers (14-6) regained their hard-hitting form.

The city's 4A-2A champs trailed 2-0 after the first inning, but trimmed it to 2-1 on Craig Maki's second-inning RBI single before doing in the Bulldogs with a five-hit, six-run third.

By the end, Poly coach Charles Sullivan had allowed playing time to each member on his 18-man roster as his Engineers out-slugged the Bulldogs, 15 hits to eight. In just four innings of work, Poly pitcher Steve Worrell (five hits, four strikeouts) grabbed his fifth win in seven starts.

Each team already had clinched a state playoff berth, with Poly -- the No. 2 seed in the 4A, Region II -- playing host to No. 3 Dulaney Friday. Southern, the top seed in 3A, Region III, will play host to Centennial Friday.

"We went through a down period," said Sullivan. "I hope that this is enough to get us going again."

Maki, a first baseman, had the best day of all, going 3-for-4 with five RBI, scoring twice and being involved in two of the Engineers' three double plays.

Poly's Lee Glowacki (2-for-3) and Barry Lancaster (1-for-1) each had two RBI, Derrell Montgomery and Will Smith each went 1-for-4 with an RBI, and junior center fielder Brian Fortman (2-for-5, two runs scored) had a double and a triple.

"We hadn't been able to find the stroke, but I think today, we came out ready to play," said Maki.

James Benton (four strikeouts, four walks) lost for the first time in six starts.

The sophomore pitcher/third baseman entered the game as the Bulldogs' top hitter with a .474 batting average and 28 RBI. Yesterday, he went 2-for-3, scoring his 28th run for a 1-0 lead on a single by Jim Loetz, who has 17 RBI.

Loetz, a .438 hitter with eight career home runs, crossed the plate on an error to make it 2-0. And after a couple of fine defensive efforts by Southern, it looked like Poly might be in trouble.

In the bottom of the first, sophomore shortstop Ken Tolodziecki -- the Bulldogs' ace with a 5-0 record and a .117 ERA -- threw out Fortman at home for the first out as catcher Lonnie Lowery applied the tag.

The Bulldogs picked off two more runners in each of the next two innings -- including another at the plate and a double play -- but Southern seemed out of sync after Lowery (a .386 hitter) injured his knee and left the game to start the fourth.

Southern was already short its best player, Troy Scott (.553, three home runs), who is expected to return Friday from an ankle injury.

"It [Lowery's injury] looks like cartilage, and it's pretty tender. It certainly doesn't help us any," said Southern coach Bill Parker.

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