Parkside, Hurley foul up Southern, 2-0

May 22, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Southern of Anne Arundel hit Parkside pitcher Paige Hurley hard. The Bulldogs tagged Hurley for numerous long shots down the left- and right-field lines.

The problem is they all went foul.

Hurley shrugged off the long fouls to go the distance with a three-hitter, and visiting and fourth-seeded Parkside scored single runs in the first and seventh for a 2-0 victory over second-seeded Southern in the Class 2A East Region final yesterday.

Parkside (12-8) advances to the state semifinals on Tuesday. The Rams, who upset top-seeded Wicomico on Friday, will make their first trip to the final four since the late '70s. This was Southern's first playoff appearance in 17 years.

Hurley, a tall right-hander, stayed with fastballs most of the way. He went for location, and the large number of foul balls did not bother him.

"They're just long strikes," said Hurley, who struck out seven. "I wanted them to reach out and be off-balance. I wanted to make them chase it."

And he did. The Bulldogs hit seven pop-ups or fly balls and struck out seven times -- often on outside pitches.

"We did not capitalize on the pitches that were in our strength," said Southern coach Chuck Crandell. "The pitches that we were on went foul."

Parkside also was helped when it took a quick lead. David Capobianco singled in Chris Grasso with one out in the first for a 1-0 lead. Grasso scored the other Parkside run in the seventh when Dom Flora singled him in.

Southern (10-9) got a good pitching effort from Wayne Small, who rarely pitched during the regular season. Yesterday, he went six innings plus one batter, allowing two runs on only five hits.

Parkside made trouble for Small each inning. Five Southern errors -- plus a couple of misplayed pop-ups -- helped the Rams keep runners on base. But Small made several good pitches, and Parkside wound up stranding 11.

Southern had only a few good chances. Small got to third in the first, but was called out for leaving early when trying to score on Cory Contee's fly ball.

Danny Hammett singled and Small walked to open the sixth. Scott Crandell tried to sacrifice, but it went right to Hurley, who retired Hammett at third. Contee then forced Small at third, and Chris Worrall struck out to end the inning.

"Things just didn't go our way," said Small. "That's baseball."

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