Patterson wins doubleheader and stops Mervo's win streak

April 29, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Mervo rode a four-game winning streak into yesterday's double-header against Patterson at Herring Run Park. But the Clippers corralled the Mustangs, sweeping both city 4A division games.

Patterson, which had a 15-13 edge in combined hits, jumped to a 6-0 lead in the first game before hanging on to edge the Mustangs, 7-6. A worn-out Mervo squad fell, 6-0, in the second game.

The Clippers (9-4 overall, 4-1 in the city's 4A division) had nine steals in each game, led by sophomore Mike Jaski (six), and -- with three steals each -- infielder Earl Smith and third baseman Wendell Collins.

The Mustangs' Demond Wilson was 30-for-30 on steals dating back to last season -- including 18-for-18 this year -- before Clippers' catcher Will Strzegowski got him at second base during the second game.

"I think we were too pumped up for the first game," said Wilson, a senior. "We were a little let-down for the second game, losing as close as we did in the first one. But we'll come back for the playoffs."

Patterson had just one error overall as each of its hurlers went the distance.

Mike Burrows (5-0) struck out eight batters against two walks and nine hits in the first game. In the second game, Smith (1-3) struck out four with no walks, retiring eight of the first nine batters he faced in a four-hitter.

"Smith came out there and threw real well, shutting them down early so we could get ahead," said Patterson coach Roger Wrenn.

The victory moved the Clippers within a game of Southern -- an earlier 6-3 winner over Mervo -- in the 4A league. Patterson meets Southern in two games on May 13-14, Wrenn said.

Burrows hit a combined 3-for-6, with an RBI and three runs scored, with his hits being a single, a double and a triple. Burrows had a perfect game going against the first 10 batters before the Mustangs began tagging his hanging curve.

Led by Wilson, Wayne Ridenour and Julian Robinson, each of whom went 2-for-4 in the first game, Mervo pulled to within, 6-4, in the fifth, and -- on Curtis Pope's two-out single for his ninth RBI -- to within 7-6 in the seventh. With Pope on second, however, Robinson grounded out to end the game.

Both aces for Mervo (6-3, 2-3) were chased from the mound. Left-hander Joe Laumann (2-1) entered the initial game with a 1.16 ERA but was lifted in favor of Daryl Taylor (2-2) after Willie McGirt's fifth-inning sacrifice fly gave the Clippers a 7-4 lead.

Taylor, a right-hander with 29 strikeouts, was hammered for nine of the Clippers' 10 hits in the second game. He trailed, 6-0, before being replaced by Mike Stroh in the fourth.

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