Young's 5 RBIs guides Dulaney over Patterson in semifinal

May 20, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Dulaney center fielder Paige Young said she'd been having trouble seeing the ball at the plate in recent games.

Yesterday against Patterson, however, her vision was fine.

The freshman had a single, double, triple and five RBIs to lead the host and 15th-ranked Lions to an 18-3 win over the Clippers in the Class 4A, North Region semifinals.

The victory advances second-seeded Dulaney (16-1) into tomorrow's 1 p.m. regional final against top-seeded Perry Hall, a 21-1 winner over fourth-seeded Western.

With the Lions shooting for their second straight trip to the state semifinals, Young picked an opportune time to break out of her slump.

"I'm starting to see the ball better," said Young, who also scored two runs.

Young began her heroics with Patterson (12-7) leading, 3-2, in the fourth inning.

Her infield single scored Heather Truxel to put Dulaney back on top, 4-3. Young's other two hits, in the fifth and sixth, were both moon shots over the head of left fielder Brenda Meadows that cleared the bases.

The outfielder's performance came as a bit of a surprise to coach Elaine Lindsay, who had dropped her in the order to take some of the pressure off.

"She struck out a couple of times and her confidence dropped completely," said Lindsay. "This game will help her a lot."

Meanwhile, Dulaney starter Julie Green throttled the Clippers on three hits, striking out seven and surviving a shaky fourth to retire the final eight batters in order.

Green (16-1), who pitched in her third game this week, said that Patterson presented a tougher challenge than she expected.

"They were better than I thought, especially offensively," said Green who allowed three runs when four straight batters reached base in the fourth. "I was trying to change speeds a lot, but I was kind of tired."

Clippers coach Derek Maki said his team deserved credit for staying in the game as long as it did.

"We just don't have the depth or experience to stay with them," said Maki. "That's the best pitcher we've faced all year. I'm proud of the kids for staying right with them for four innings."

Last year, Dulaney advanced to the Class 4A state semifinals before falling to Chesapeake-AA.

"I think this year's team has better batting and at least as good fielding," Lindsay said.

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