Perry Hall downs Bowie, 5-2, advances to finals vs. Arundel

May 25, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

With the exception of two errors, one of which led to a run by Bowie, fourth-ranked Perry Hall (18-3) did nearly everything right to win its 4A state semifinal, 5-2, yesterday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Perry Hall, state champ in 1990 and 1992, next will face the winner of last night's other 4A state semifinal, Arundel, which beat Watkins Mill of Montgomery County, 5-4.

For the second-seeded Gators, 6-foot-7 right-hander Jesse Moore (10-0, 0.42 ERA) pitched perhaps his most dominant game of the year, striking out 12 against three hits, a first-inning walk and a hit batsman. Moore, who faced 24 batters, has 72 strikeouts in 55 innings.

Third baseman Chris Ude, in only his second game since an injured right ring finger forced him to miss four outings, led all hitters, going 2-for-3, with two RBIs, a triple and a run scored.

And catcher Tom Trimble humbled the third-seeded Bulldogs (14-5) on the base paths, throwing out two batters in the first inning, after which the Gators led 3-0.

"We've only hit two home runs all year, but the last three or four games this team has been getting good pitching and clutch hitting," said Gators coach Larry Butts.

Moore yielded Allen Hawk's one-out, bases-empty home-run in the seventh -- a shot that scarcely cleared the left-field fence at the 310-foot marker. But he recovered to strike out the next batter looking at a full count before getting the game's final batter to fly out to right field.

"That [home run] was a bad pitch," said Moore. "I just did the job with the fastball. Now we need to just win one more game."

Moore, who called the majority of his pitches, allowed only four flyouts to reach the outfield -- two each to center fielder Mandell Marsh and right fielder Brian Smetana in the sixth and seventh innings. Moore attributed much of his confidence to Trimble's pitch-blocking.

In the first inning, Bowie's Matt Cooper and Matt Brush reached on an error and a walk, respectively, before being thrown out stealing second by Trimble. Moore struck out the inning's final batter.

The momentum carried into the bottom of the first, when the Gators got to Bowie ace Cooper, who entered with a 6-1 record and a 1.30 ERA, for a 3-0 lead after RBI singles from Jason Essel, Ryan Burks and Ude.

"We were so fired up," said Ude. "He [Cooper] was throwing his first pitch right down the middle."

The fleet-footed Marsh, who has over 30 career steals, got things started for Perry Hall, reaching on an error, stealing second, taking third on a single by Jimmy Stopper, and scoring on Essel's hit. Burks' single scored Stopper, and Ude's scored Essel.

Bowie made it, 3-1, in the third, as Jeff Ferriera reached on an error, took second on Cooper's single and scored on Matt Brush's single. But with Brush on second and Cooper on third, Moore struck out Cyrus Merritt to end the inning.

Perry Hall went up 5-1 in the sixth , beginning as Kevin Znamirowski walked, took two bases when Cooper's pickoff attempt sailed wide of first base, and scored on Ude's triple, which chased Cooper (seven hits, three walks, seven strikeouts).

Cooper's replacement, left-hander Erik Turnrose (5-1), promptly yielded Steve Booth's sacrifice fly ball to score Ude.

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