Lansdowne beats Centennial for school's first state title Musgrove 3-hitter keys 3-0 victory

May 30, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

FREDERICK BASEBALL — FREDERICK -- Lansdowne waited a year to make up for last year's Class 3A runner-up finish to Thomas Johnson in the state baseball tournament.

Catcher Rob Parsons said stingy defense and top-notch pitching helped the Vikings return to McCurdy Field yesterday.

The fourth-ranked Vikings used both in yesterday's 3-0 victory over Centennial (14-8), giving Lansdowne (18-3) its first state title in any sport.

"We started thinking about it from the beginning of the season, and this is just a great moment," said 16th-year coach Ron Bareford. "This means a lot to me, the kids and the school."

Viking right-hander Randy Musgrove (8-0, 0.72 ERA) faced just two batters over the minimum in pitching a three-hitter. He used five different pitches in striking out eight and was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored.

"I went with the fastball, over- and under-handed curve, the knuckleball and the changeup," said Musgrove, who threw just 80 pitches. "We didn't want what happened last year to happen again."

Lansdowne scored its runs in the bottom of the sixth on two errors and a wild pitch.

Parsons started it by reaching on a fielder's choice. He scored when Musgrove's single slipped past right fielder Brian Dowell.

Musgrove took two bases on the play and scored to make it 2-0 after left fielder Brent Mertes dropped Brian Sullivan's high fly ball, enabling Sullivan to take third.

"There was a lot of pressure to win after last year," said Sullivan,who came home on a wild pitch.

"We tried to block it out, but it was always in the back of your mind."

Musgrove had a perfect game going until Jason Babcock -- the 10th batter he faced -- singled with an out in the fourth.

The next batter, starting junior hurler Kurt Weitzel (8-3), hit into a double play, started by second baseman Andy Stocksdale.

Centennial had come the farthest of any Eagles team since back-to-back state semifinal appearances in 1984 and '85.

The Eagles reached the final after a 2-0 extra-inning upset of Watkins Mill of Montgomery County, which was ranked No. 4 in the Washington area.

Weitzel (seven strikeouts, one walk) scattered six hits. He escaped a jam with men on first and third in the bottom of the fourth by striking out Josh Benson for the final out.

An inning earlier, he got help from center fielder David Hudson, who scooped Bob Wheelton's bloop single and threw out pinch-runner Mike Hardester trying to score from second.

In the fifth, Weitzel struck out his sixth and seventh batters and covered first to put out the other.

He yielded his only walk in the sixth.

"Even on an average day, he [Weitzel] keeps us in the game -- he's an exceptional pitcher," said Eagles coach Ron Martin.

Weitzel said:"No one expected us to be here. We hope to do next year what Lansdowne did this year."

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