Key romps, 8-0, nears regional playoff berth

May 10, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Great pitching, timely hitting and flawless defense. The Francis Scott Key Eagles got it all in their convincing 8-0 victory over visiting Brunswick yesterday in Uniontown.

Right-hander Jason Dykes went the distance, scattering three hits, and the Eagles' first seven runs scored with two outs.

Dave Johnson's two-run homer in the first would be all Dykes would need to defeat a young Brunswick team that didn't resemble the one that had won four Class 1A state titles in the past five years.

The win gave the Eagles (7-10) the upper hand in their battle with Brunswick (6-11) for the fourth and final playoff seed in the Class 1A South Region.

A win today at Middletown would assure the Eagles the fourth spot.

Dykes was in control from the start yesterday, mixing a deceptive fastball with off-speed pitches.

The only Brunswick threat came in the third with the Eagles leading 2-0. Rob Crawford led off with a single, stole second and moved to third on a ground out. Dykes got Brunswick starter Danny Fisher to line softly to short and ended the inning by snaring Chad Hartman's come-backer.

"I was absolutely amazed. It was an outstanding performance," said Key coach Bob Caples.

"He was using a curve, slider and knuckler that made his fastball look all that faster. He kept the ball down and got plenty of ground balls. It was neat to see he didn't get rattled at all. He had the runner on third and it could have been a 2-1 ballgame, but he kept within himself and got out of the inning."

Dykes retired the side in order four times, didn't allow a walk and got 14 straight outs after stranding Crawford on third. It wasn't until Charlie McLean's two-out double in the seventh that Brunswick had another runner.

By then, the Eagles had put the game away with five runs in the fourth and one in the sixth.

With two out in the fourth and Kyle Stephenson on second, Erin Brilhart hit a run-scoring single down the third-base line to make it 3-0. Leadoff hitter Greg Bowers followed with a double to put runners on second and third, and Dan Stephenson dumped a 1-2 curve ball to center to score both. Brian Boese capped the rally by lining reliever Crawford's first pitch to right to score two.

"It was a total team win with contributions all the way through the lineup. Even the vocal support from the guys not playing was a big help," Caples said.

The Eagles got 14 hits. After Joey Brooks (3-for-3) drawed a walk, Johnson followed with a line shot over the fence in right in the first.

"That was a super shot," Caples said. "Dave got behind in the count but got a fastball up and just popped it."

The defense also was there for the Eagles. Dykes helped himself with the Hartman come-backer to end the third; Dan Stephenson made two good catches on sharp line drives to center by Brunswick clean-up hitter Ricky George; and shortstop Kyle Stephenson went high to grab Crawford's liner to end the fifth.

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