Dundalk rallies by Randallstown, 14-6

May 22, 1994|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,Special to The Sun

Fred May knew.

With top-seeded Dundalk trailing Randallstown, 4-2, in the third inning yesterday, and May struggling on the mound, coach George Scheulen walked out to calm him. The trouble was, May was already calm.

"I told him don't worry," said May, "We'll get it done."

And that's exactly what May and his teammates did at Dundalk Community College. The Owls rallied to score 12 runs, and May pitched a complete game to give Dundalk a 14-6 victory, the Class 3A North title and a berth in Tuesday's state Class 3A semifinals.

"This team is like a stack of dynamite," said center fielder Eric Cuppett, who went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in the fourth. "Once you light the fuse, there's no stopping us, we just explode."

The game was tied, 4-4, entering the bottom of the fourth when Dundalk took control.

After a Dan Schreiber strikeout, second baseman Luke Bell hit a 3-2 curve over the left-field fence to give the Owls a 5-4 lead. The next two batters, Travis Thornton and John Blalock, singled, and Cuppett drove them in with a towering homer to right center to give the Owls an 8-4 lead.

After walking the next batter, Mike Dziemburski, Randallstown pitcher Shilo Merwitz was removed, but the Owls weren't done.

Dziemburski stole second, and a Gene Woods single made it 9-4.

"We have outstanding hitting in all nine slots in the lineup, so it didn't surprise me," said Scheulen of the two homers. "They're aggressive at the plate but they are not afraid to take a walk either."

The Owls followed the five-run fourth with five in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

The offensive fireworks overshadowed a fine pitching performance by May. After giving up four runs in the third inning, May allowed only two singles and a Faheem Hammond bases-empty homer with two outs in the seventh.

"I saw him before the game, and he was so focused," said Scheulen. "He's very calm and he never gets down [on himself], it's amazing."

As for the Owls' chances on Tuesday, Cuppett had the last word. "Our goal when the season started was to win the state title. We didn't celebrate when we won today, but hopefully we'll be celebrating next week."

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