Perry Hall ousts Southern-B

May 22, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

In 1992, Roy Marsh, Jason Moore and Donnie Burks led a top-ranked Perry Hall baseball team through a 21-0, 4A state championship season. Two years later, the Gators are again triumphant.

If yesterday's 9-2, 4A North Regional championship victory over No. 19 Southern-Baltimore (15-7) is any indication, the fifth-ranked Gators (17-3) appear primed for Tuesday's state semifinals at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

"I never add any pressure by comparing my teams," said Gators coach Larry Butts. "I think the best thing for them to do from here on is to just play and have fun."

But this state title quest is serious business for Gators ace Jesse Moore (6 feet 7, 220 pounds). Roy's younger brother, Mandell, and Donnie's sibling, Ryan, a junior second baseman, are also members of this year's squad.

"Ever since I watched my brother's team win [the state title], I've been wanting to come up here to Perry Hall and win one myself," said Moore, who is 14-0 over two seasons -- 10-0 this year.

In Friday's 12-2 regional semifinal victory over Mervo, Moore struck out 10 in six innings, raising his totals to 60 strikeouts in 48 innings.

Yesterday, it was Gators left-hander Brian Ash (6-2) going the distance, striking out 10 with five walks and yielding three hits -- -- all singles by Southern's Jason Peters (3-for-3).

"Our hitting's really come on lately, and we're playing well," said Moore. "I think we can do it -- at least we know we have a good chance."

Marsh, a center fielder, led the Gators' eight-hit attack against Southern's Ken Tolodziecki (5-3), going 2-for-2, with two walks, two RBIs, two steals and three runs scored.

Perry Hall's Jimmy Stopper (2-for-4, two RBIs) had a run-scoring triple and scored twice, and Jason Essel (1-for-3, two RBIs) had a double and scored once. Brian Smetana had a run-scoring single and scored once.

"I was a sophomore on the team that won in 1992. My brother's teams didn't win two states, so I'd like that for myself," said Marsh. "That's something I came into the season thinking about."

Ash, who raised his season total to 56 strikeouts in 49 innings, faced a base-loaded situation in the top of the sixth, when he struck out the Bulldogs' Mike Cofelice on three straight pitches.

"He [Cofelice] swung at the fastball first. Then I got him swinging on a side-arm curve low and inside," said Ash. "Then I came back with the fastball to get him out. He seemed off balance, and he just watched it go by."

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