Lansdowne KO's Randallstown, 15-0

April 21, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Before yesterday's game at Randallstown, Lansdowne starting pitcher Rob Parsons asked his teammates to get him two runs.

Parsons got his wish. And then some.

No. 14 Lansdowne batted around twice while scoring 14 runs in the first three innings, and Parsons and Nick Lozzi combined for a one-hitter as the Vikings shut out No. 16 Randallstown, 15-0, in a five-inning Baltimore County Class 3A-4A game.

Most of the breaks went to Lansdowne in this game. Randallstown (5-2, 5-2) errors helped Lansdowne (6-2, 6-0) score four runs. The Vikings even scored a run when a throw bounced off Tim Crough's helmet in a rundown between third and home.

"They were a little psyched," said Lansdowne coach Ron Bareford. "They were ready. Everything went our way today."

Randallstown starter Shilo Merwitz struggled through a 34-pitch first inning. He walked three as Lansdowne scored twice.

The Vikings batted around and broke the game open in the second, knocking out Merwitz with six runs on five hits. The big blow was a two-run triple from Bob Wheelton that landed at the base of a fence in left field.

"It was a fastball right down the middle," said Wheelton of the 3-1 pitch. "I didn't think it would go as far as it did."

Lansdowne had six more runs, batting around again, in the third inning. The Vikings came up with only two hits, but got two runs on a throwing error, stretching the lead to 14-0.

Every Lansdowne starter contributed in this game. Wheelton (three runs, three RBIs), Andy Stocksdale (three runs, two hits), Tom Crough (three runs, one hit) and Parsons (two hits, two runs, two RBIs) led the way for Lansdowne.

Parsons also was a hit on the mound. After Ra' Mie Ray led off the bottom of the first with a single, the Rams stayed quiet. Parsons struck out seven in his three innings and had little trouble.

"I felt good out there," said Parsons. "The [fastball] moved more than it normally does."

Parsons struggled a little in the first inning, but Randallstown saw two runners thrown out. After that, it was all Parsons, as he struck out the final six batters he faced.

Nick Lozzi threw a strong final two innings, adding one more strikeout. Lozzi extended the strikeout string to seven before hitting Brandon Thomas.

Both teams used their reserves early. The Rams wound up using five pitchers and three catchers as coach Dave Wright decided to take a look at different players.

"We gave them all kinds of chances," said Wright. "I used the game for experimentation purposes."

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