Key's hitters cooled in defeat by Boonsboro

May 21, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

BOONSBORO -- The hot-hitting Francis Scott Key Eagles were looking to pick up right where they left off at regular-season's end, when they traveled to Boonsboro to face the Warriors in the opening round of the playoffs yesterday.

Boonsboro pitcher Tom Thompson had other ideas.

The junior right-hander was untouchable for five innings yesterday, at one point retiring 14 batters in a row.

By the time Key got to him with three runs in the sixth, Boonsboro already had built a comfortable 8-0 lead. The top-seeded Warriors went on to defeat fourth-seeded Key, 10-3, in the Class 1A South Region semifinals. The Warriors (14-7) will play host to third-seeded Central in the region finals today at 1.

The Eagles (8-11) qualified for the fourth spot winning their last three games by a 32-4 margin, but there was no solving Thompson yesterday. He allowed just four hits and walked none in going the distance for his sixth win.

"We just saw a better pitcher today," said Key coach Bob Caples. "He just flat out beat us. You can't sugar-coat it, he pitched a great game."

Thompson kept the Key batters puzzled all day, mixing a fastball with a curve, slider and split fastball. It was the second time he defeated the Eagles this year, coming away with a 7-3 win early in the regular season.

"He was a hard thrower until halfway through the season when we had to go with him on three day's rest," said Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger. "I told him to just throw strikes and make them hit it. That's when he became more of a pitcher."

Yesterday's game was in the same tune with Thompson's earlier win against the Eagles. His offense got him another early lead and he went from there.

The Warriors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, taking advantage of four Key errors. Kris Lescalleet had a run-scoring double in the inning and finished the day 3-for-4 with a homer, three RBIs and four runs.

In their regular-season win, the Warriors scored all of their seven runs in the first inning.

"A couple of errors and a bad pitch here and there and that really opened the door," Caples said.

As far as Caples was concerned, it all came back to Thompson.

After Key scratched for a run in the sixth, Joe Brooks took five innings worth of frustration with a two-run homer over the center-field fence to make it 8-3.

It was too little too late as the Warriors added to their lead in the fourth with two-run homers from Lescalleet and catcher Willie Sowers.

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