Riverdale Baptist rips Carroll Christian

April 20, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll Christian baseball coach Randy Peterson summed up his Patriots' 14-1 loss to visiting Riverdale Baptist yesterday at Landon Burns Park in Westminster.

"With a 15-game schedule, you're going to have these kind of games once in awhile. We have no excuses. We just didn't play well," Peterson said.

"We just have to shake it off, learn from it and go on. We know we're a better team than what we showed out here today."

The Patriots (2-2) got behind early, couldn't capitalize on some chances to get back in the game and then suffered through a Riverdale Baptist eight-run fifth inning that put the game out of reach. The game ended after Carroll Christian didn't score in the bottom of the fifth due to the 10-run rule.

The Patriots might have known it wasn't going to be their day before the game started when right fielder Greg Koontz collided with second baseman Matt Arnold during warm-ups. Koontz was injured, and Peterson was left to use his only reserve, Mike Kirk, in right.

"We usually have 14 players but lost a couple because of eligibility and also our No. 3 hitter [due to an injury]. Then we lose our right fielder in warm-ups and were down to nine players," Peterson said.

It was the bottom of Riverdale Baptist's order that gave Carroll Christian starting pitcher Matt Good the most problems early.

Leading 1-0 in the top of the second, Riverdale starting pitcher Scott Welch and Ben Dyer singled before No. 9 hitter Heath Studer was hit by a pitch to load the bases.

Leadoff hitter Sean Brown followed with a two-run double to the fence in right to score Welch and Dyer. Brown scored on a wild pitch to make it 4-0.

The Patriots, who stranded two runners in a scoreless first inning, got their only run in the second to make it 4-1. Chris Darling walked with one out and scored on a Riverdale Baptist error.

Riverdale Baptist (7-5) added two in the fourth when Dyer singled, Chris Wise followed with a double and both came in on Ben Gladd's one-out single.

The Patriots threatened in their half of the fourth, loading the bases with two out, but Welch got Patriots' third baseman Josh Brethhauer -- who earlier had singled and lined out to deep left -- to foul out to first.

Then came the fifth, with Riverdale Baptist scoring eight runs on two hits, four walks, four errors, two wild pitches and a hit batsman. The Patriots used three pitchers in the inning, with Casey Davis relieving Good before Darling came in to get the last out.

"We had some chances, especially the inning when we had the bases loaded but couldn't score," Peterson said.

"And then we had too many fielding errors. We came in averaging only around three a game. It was just one of those days, but we're much, much better than that."

Welch pitched three solid innings to get the win for Riverdale Baptist, allowing one run on one hit.

Darling got on base both times he batted, singling in the fourth after walking and scoring the Patriots' run in the second. Good also singled for the Patriots.

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