Southern-AA rallies for 4-3 region semifinal win

May 21, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

When Cambridge-South Dorchester intentionally walked Southern of Anne Arundel's Wayne Small in the bottom of the seventh, follow-up batter Scott Crandell was bothered a bit.

"I wanted to show them something," said Crandell.

And he did.

Crandell grounded an RBI single to left with two out to give second-seeded Southern a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over visiting and third-seeded Cambridge-South Dorchester (13-8) in a Class 2A, East Region semifinal yesterday.

Southern (10-8) plays hosts to fourth-seeded Parkside in the region final today at 2 p.m.

Southern struggled against Cambridge pitcher Jenson Shorter. The right-hander seemed to throw off the Bulldogs' timing with his three-quarters -- and occasional sidearm -- deliveries. Southern finished with five hits.

But the Bulldogs came through in the seventh. Joe Kadjeski led off the inning with a single to left. Danny Hammett and Andy Hawkins moved pinch runner Nick Harrington to third with back-to-back sacrifice bunts.

Small, who had walked twice and singled, was given the intentional pass. Crandell, 0-for-3 to that point, singled on a 1-2 fastball through the partially drawn-up infield to score Harrington.

"I was just trying to make contact and find the hole," said Crandell. "I knew it was in."

The game quickly turned into a pitcher's duel between Shorter and Southern's Troy O'Connor. Both went the distance.

O'Connor allowed his first hits in a two-run, three-hit third, but did not allow another hit until the sixth. He stayed with his fastball most of the way, as the Vikings rarely could pull it. O'Connor allowed six hits.

"I settled down after [struggling early]," said O'Connor (10-3). "I got stronger as the game went on."

Kevin Coulborn's two-run single gave the Vikings a 2-0 lead in the third. Shorter, meanwhile, was keeping Southern quiet. The Bulldogs managed two hits in the first five innings.

A turning point came in the top of the sixth. Cambridge's Fred Thompson singled to start the inning and later got to third on an error. Bobby Whaples flied to right with one out, but right fielder Chris Warrall cut down Thompson at home.

"All year, when we make something happen, it snowballs," said Southern coach Chuck Crandell. "After the play at the plate, the batters attacked the ball."

Small started things by walking with one out in the sixth. Crandell grounded to second, but Whaples threw it away, putting runners on second and third. Contee singled in Small, but the ball skipped past Thompson in right, bringing in Crandell and moving Contee to third.

Warrall dropped a perfect squeeze bunt on the first pitch to score Contee for a 3-2 lead. O'Connor got the first two outs in the top of the seventh, but Tilghman reached on an infield single and was doubled him in by Coulborn to tie the score.

"We booted the ball around, and we lost the ballgame in the sixth inning," said Cambridge coach Doug Fleetwood. "That's where we lost the game, not in the seventh inning."

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