Dundalk, Jolliffe deal Randallstown first setback, 12-2

April 19, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

In a story in Tuesday's edition, the status of Randallstown High baseball coach Dave Wright in Monday's game against Dundalk was incorrectly reported. Wright had been banished to the bench early in the game but was not ejected at any point. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

If anyone doubted the concentration level of Dundalk pitcher Jeff Jolliffe on the mound, they won't after yesterday's game against visiting No. 16 Randallstown.

First, the Owls' starter got beaned on the knee by a scorching liner off the bat of Rams left fielder Ramie Ray with none out in the third.

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Then, just seconds later as he was being examined by coaches, a bench-clearing brawl erupted at first base that turned the infield between first base and the mound into a near battle royale.

For Jolliffe, there were plenty of reasons to falter in the Baltimore County 3A-4A League game turned fiasco. But the left-hander did not flinch, going the distance and allowing just three hits to lead the 13th-ranked Owls to a 12-2 victory.

"I just tried to put everything out of my mind," said Jolliffe. "It was pretty hard to concentrate. I've never seen anything like it."

Jolliffe, who pitched a no-hitter two weeks ago against Kenwood, used an assortment of knuckleballs and curves to throttle the previously unbeaten Rams (5-1 overall and in the league). He struck out seven, and seemed to get stronger as the game went along and the tensions grew hotter.

"I kept on trying to change speeds and move the fastball around," he said.

Meanwhile, the Owls (5-1, 5-1) had plenty of success against five different Randallstown pitchers. They had 11 hits, drew 11 walks and stole 12 bases.

With the game tied at 1 in the second, third baseman Bob Hurley singled and stole second, then came home on center fielder Travis Thornton's RBI double to give the Owls a 2-1 lead.

They went on to score three more runs in the inning, with shortstop Eric Cuppett driving home Thornton with a single and right fielder Tylan Baylor bringing home two more with a triple to left.

The game progressed smoothly until Randallstown's half of the third inning. With a man on first and none out, Ray lined a bullet that caromed off the leg of Jolliffe, and beat it out for a single.

The game was halted for several moments as Dundalk coaches examined the pitcher's knee. Moments later, a fight broke out at first base, emptying both benches.

When the situation calmed minutes later, two players from each team -- Randallstown's Ray and Chris Hagan, and Dundalk's Mike Dziemburski and Tylan Baylor, the team's Nos. 4 and 5 hitters -- plus Rams coach Dave Wright were ejected from the game.

"I've never seen anything like that before," said Dundalk coach George Scheulen. "I'm embarrassed. I just called everybody together and told them they had to stop it and just play baseball.

"Luckily we had some steady heads out there who did that."

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