Baseball Finksburg rallied for three runs in its final...


July 07, 1993|By Mike Nortrup

Baseball Finksburg rallied for three runs in its final at-bat to edge Sykesville, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Carroll County Sports Complex in a Royal Raiders Independence Tournament game.

The victory left the winners the only unbeaten team in the tournament's 11-12 bracket.

Due to the 100-degree temperature, the tournament was suspended after that game and resumed Monday morning.

After the loss to Finksburg, Sykesville was to play Winfield in the final losers' bracket game to determine who would face Finksburg for the championship. However, Sykesville was unable field a team Monday.

So, it was awarded third place, and Winfield advanced to the finals.

Finksburg had prepped for Sykesville with a 9-1 romp over Hereford Saturday night.

Mike Weyant and Alan Tawney each pitched three innings for the winners, holding the Baltimore County-based squad to only two hits in the six-inning contest while striking out eight.

Weyant had a two-run double in the game.

Tawney hit a bases-loaded triple during a four-run fifth that put the game out of reach. Justin Zukowski also had two hits and two RBI.

Earlier, Sykesville had beaten Catonsville and Snydersburg.

Against Sykesville, Finksburg starter Nick Farver was wild but also overpowering with his high fastball. He struck out five in two innings.

However, he also threw a lot of pitches in struggling out of jams in both innings and was relieved by Tawney in the third. Weyant, the eventual winner, took over in the fifth.

Sykesville scored two in the third on singles by Nathan McCullough and Mike Saylor.

Bryan Bandy's triple and an error later in the third inning gave Sykesville its third run. But two Sykesville runners were thrown out, ending its last real chance to score.

Farver doubled in the fourth and later scored Finksburg's first run on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Farver drew a walk off Sykesville pitcher Billy Frankton and Zukowski beat out a grounder to second, setting the stage for Mike Nixon.

The left-handed batter lined a Frankton offering down the left-field line, scoring Farver and Zukowski to tie the game at 3.

Frankton got the next batter on a pop-up. With two outs, Adam Fisher lined a hit through the middle, scoring Nixon with the game-winner.

4 Winfield climbed a torturous path to the finals.

It lost Saturday's opener, 5-1, to Cockeysville to fall into the losers' bracket.

It recovered to win twice before finding itself in an 8-8 extra-inning tie against Hereford at midday Sunday.

Then, with the bases loaded and two out in the top of the seventh, Winfield's Kyle Wilson grounded to third and two runs scored when the Hereford infielder, trying for a force at second, threw the ball into center field.

Doug Flater singled in another run to make it 11-8 and reliever John Luster held off Hereford in its final at-bat.

Wilson had three RBI for Winfield; Kevin Damiano a double, triple, and three RBI, and Jesse Martin, two RBI in the 11-8 win.

Winfield then faced a rematch with Cockeysville.

Cockeysville led 1-0 until the home fourth when Wilson's single tied the game.

Winfield broke that deadlock with three runs after two were out in the fifth.

John Norris lined a single to left-center to make it 2-1. Dave Keefer and Wilson followed with run-scoring singles to put Winfield ahead 4-1 heading into the final inning.

That lead was just enough.

Cockeysville scored two runs and had the tying run on second with two out before losing.

That 4-3 verdict marked the fourth consecutive win for Winfield after its opening loss.

The Royal Raiders failed in their attempt to make it an all-Carroll County final four in the 11-12 bracket. Cockeysville muffled the Raiders on three hits, downing them, 9-1.

The Union Bridge-Taneytown-based Raiders, scored in the top of the first inning. Christian Roop walked, stole second and third, and scored on Michael Taylor's sacrifice fly to left.

But Cockeysville answered with four runs in the bottom of the first and never looked back.

The Raiders beat Owings Mills, 12-8, and Pikesville, 9-5, in their first two games.

In the opener, the Raiders trailed Owings Mills, 8-7, in their final at-bat but rallied for five runs to win. Chris Lagunas' two-run double scored the Raiders' tying and go-ahead runs.

Roop had a leadoff homer in the game, eventually going 2-for-2 with three runs scored. Mike Taylor had a two-run triple for the winners and Mike Darr was 3-for-3 with three RBI.

The Raiders also trailed against Pikesville, this time 5-4 in the top of the fifth. But the locals scored five times in that inning to go ahead for good.

Darr's single tied the game and Jason Harmon's two-run triple put them ahead to stay, 7-5.

Lagunas led the Raiders in that game, going 3-for-4 with three RBI. Darr was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Jesse Gist went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Sykesville then knocked the Raiders into the losers' bracket with a 9-5 win, setting up the Raiders' meeting with Cockeysville.

The Raiders' Zack Smith was 2-for-3 against Sykesville, with a triple and an RBI.

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