Glenelg falls short against Lackey

May 21, 1994|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

There would be no late-game heroics this year. There also would be no second consecutive state championship.

Glenelg rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Lackey held on for a 6-4 victory over the defending Class 2A state champion in a South Region semifinal yesterday.

"To win a state championship you first have to have talent, then you have to have some luck," said Glenelg coach Terry Coleman, whose Gladiators scored five runs in the bottom of the seventh to win the regional title over Walkersville by a run last year. "That's not saying Lackey was lucky to win. It's that we just didn't have any luck today."

The usually powerful Glenelg lineup left seven runners on base, five of which were in scoring position, through the first five innings. The Gladiators were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position in that drought.

The Chargers' staff ace senior Kydese Queen (5-1) was the biggest reason for the quiet bats. The left-hander scattered five hits, allowing one earned run and striking out eight. He kept the Gladiators on their heels with his slow curve, but that set up his moving fastball.

"We didn't get on him enough," cleanup hitter Mike Goldberg said. "When you thought he was going to throw you that curveball, he'd throw the ball past you."

Queen relied on the strikeout to bail himself out of several jams. In the third inning with runners on second and third with one out and a three-run lead, Queen struck out Goldberg and Kevin Curtin. Two innings later, Queen struck out Ray Sullivan and Goldberg to escape runners on first and second with one out.

"We were going to win or lose with our best pitcher," Lackey coach Glenn Jones said. "The history of Lackey baseball is nonexistent. When you come to this place and see all the state championship and regional signs, we knew we had nothing to lose."

The Chargers played that way, not missing many opportunities.

In the third inning, left fielder Mike Riley and center fielder Matt Morraye miscommunicated and let a fly ball drop between them and Nathan Kmieciak scored. Johnny Klopfer's then hit a two-run homer to left field to put Lackey ahead 3-0.

The Chargers scored insurance runs with RBI singles by freshman second baseman Cecil McPherson in the sixth and Billy Wade in the seventh. Kmieciak tripled in Lackey's final run to take a 6-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh.

"It was an all-out bad day for me," said Gladiators starter Sean Lookingbill (7-3), who allowed allowed all six runs on eight hits, hitting a batter and throwing three wild pitches. Zach Guerra ended the shutout with a home run to left. After a Charles Hooker single, Queen got Morraye to ground out and struck out Lookingbill.

Sullivan then reached on an error, and Goldberg followed with a two-out, three-run home run to left.

Curtain grounded out to end the game.

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