Fallston rallies to beat Edgewood in the 7th, 5-3

April 16, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Fallston and Edgewood saw another instance of the Yogi Berra quote about a game not being over until it's over when they collided in their opening Harford County League game yesterday.

It was the best of happenings for Fallston senior Dave Adam, whose seventh-inning fly ball was dropped to let in the runs that made him the winning pitcher.

tTC In the top of the seventh, visiting Fallston (3-1), down 3-2 to the Rams (4-2), had two outs and a runner on first when lightning struck -- not once, but twice -- and the Cougars were given what became a 5-3 victory within the span of three batters.

Brian Benner's second single sent Bart Dellinger, who had singled, to third. Designated hitter Shaun Matthai hit a bouncer to the left of second baseman Alex Phillips, who had to lunge to field it when the ball took an erratic hop. His throw sailed wide of first baseman Chris Holdaway. Dellinger scored and the runners ended up on second and third. Tim Deyesu was walked intentionally, loading the bases.

Adam hit a ball that right fielder Tim Hamulack appeared to field, and then dropped, and two runs scored. Pitcher Chris James, who deserved a better fate, then got Mike Giuffrida to pop out to end the inning.

In the Edgewood half of the seventh, John Cephalis opened with his third single, but Adam, making his first start (three strikeouts, one walk), bore down to retire the next three batters.

James, a senior right-hander (five strikeouts, one walk), seemed to get stronger as the game went along. After surrendering two runs in the third inning, he retired 10 batters in a row, and 12 of 13, with one on via an error. From the fourth into the seventh, he protected a 3-2 lead, and only one of those 13 batters got the ball out of the infield.

Hamulack was the hitting star for Edgewood, driving in the go-ahead runs in the third inning after tripling and scoring in the second. Fallston's six hits were the most allowed by the Rams this season.

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