Bears' offense wakes up in 23-3 win

April 06, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

Hammond slumbered offensively through the first four innings against Oakland Mills yesterday before erupting for 20 runs in the sixth and seventh to produce a confidence-building 23-3 victory over the host Scorpions (0-5, 0-2).

Hammond senior shortstop Dave Brewer battled Jeff Price and junior Aaron Smith (2-for-3, two doubles, four RBIs) for the heavy hitter award as the Golden Bears (2-2, 1- 1) received base hits from 10 batters.

Brewer finished 3-for-5 with a home run and six RBI.

"We seem to have been battling to get out of this hitting slump all season," Brewer said. "When I started 0-for-2 today, I just decided to get my confidence back by making a little contact and I was fortunate my ground balls found holes in the infield."

Price, who picked up the win with two innings of work in relief of Hammond starter Kevin Mack, went 3-for-3 with two RBIs.

Hammond coach Bob Maxey was even more elated with Price's mound performance as the Golden Bear right-handed hurler threw hard off the mound for the first time all spring after having suffered from elbow tendinitis.

"I hurt it during football season and just didn't take care of it properly," Price said. "I've only been able to throw soft-toss this spring, but it felt good today."

Oakland Mills sophomore starting pitcher John Sunderdick baffled the Golden Bears early, allowing just one hit and a walk through the fourth.

Hammond's only early hitting success came from Price, who had two of Hammond's five hits off Sunderdick (five innings).

"He [Sunderdick] plays for my father's summer league team, the Columbia Reds, so I kind of know what he throws," Price said.

Oakland Mills took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a one-out double to left by junior Jon Vassil (2-for-3) that scored senior Marc Linehan and junior Bruce Berry.

Hammond grabbed a 3-2 lead in the fifth when Smith's RBI-double scored Price, who had singled. Smith scored on a wild pitch by Sunderdick and Brewer punched home the go-ahead run with a two-out single.

Hammond blew the game open in the 12-run sixth, taking full advantage of the Scorpions' mound wildness.

By the time the dust had settled around home plate, Oakland Mills' three relief pitchers had thrown 63 pitches.

"I thought John Sunderdick pitched like a man today," said Oakland Mills coach Tim O'Brien. "The plus side today is we saw how close we could be [to good] since we were tied 3-3 heading into the sixth."

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