Schwartz, C.M. Wright top Fallston, 4-3

April 21, 1994|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

C. Milton Wright's baseball team had four games scheduled this week, but coach Jim Miller scheduled his ace pitcher to face the Fallston Cougars.

It was a wise decision.

The sixth-ranked Mustangs (8-1) needed both Jeff Schwartz and a couple of breaks yesterday to turn back Fallston, 4-3, in a battle of Harford County powers at Wright.

It was the fifth victory of the season for the unbeaten Schwartz, who survived nine hits and a three-run Cougar rally in the fifth that tied the game.

C.M. Wright countered Fallston's only scoring inning with the game-winner in the bottom half on Tim Hilyard's perfectly placed high fly ball to left that dropped in for a single.

It scored Dan Angelini, who had opened the uprising with a triple over the head of Cougar left fielder Dave Peterson, who might have caught Angelini's drive had he not broke in first.

Peterson was playing deep and the infield was in, trying to cut off the run at the plate, when Hilyard batted.

Coach Rob Limpert of Fallston (4-2) said his team's undoing began when the Mustangs took a 3-0 lead with nine hits in the first three innings.

"We've had that problem, falling behind in the first couple," said Limpert. "That is the way a number of our games have opened."

Two Cougar rallies during the same span were snuffed when Angelini nabbed would-be base-stealers at second and another Fallston runner, Tim Deyesu, was cut down while trying to score in the fourth on a squibber fielded by Schwartz.

The play was extremely close, one Limpert labeled "a call that could have gone either way, I guess. It's a game of breaks."

"I think we got the benefit of that one," said Miller.

C.M. Wright pounded Fallston starter Mike Giuiffrida for five straight first-inning hits after he struck out the first two batters. The big blow was an RBI triple by Brian Taylor, who knocked in 10 runs in a 23-5 victory over North Harford last week.

Angelini drove home Taylor with a single in that inning, then knocked in another run in the third with a single after hits by Tom Walsh and Taylor.

After leaving men stranded at third in the previous two innings, Fallston finally got to Schwartz in the fifth with four hits, including a run-scoring double by Brian Berner and an RBI single by Shaun Matthai.

The third run of the comeback scored on an overthrow.

Miller said he "backed up the rotation" so Schwartz could pitch against the better competition. However, the game does not count in the Harford County standings.

"The big thing about our pitchers is that they just don't walk many people," he said. "Hilyard hasn't walked anybody in 19 innings."

Limpert wasn't too happy about playing at Wright's yard, which has a horrendous sun field that makes every ball hit to the right side an adventure and slopes downward in the outfield.

"Balls here just keep rolling," he said. "Overall, it's not a good place to play. There are fences at our place and we have them again in two weeks."

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