Thomas Johnson ends Dundalk's win streak at 16

May 25, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Thomas Johnson pitcher Mike Anders allowed an average of four hits in his first nine games. But Dundalk swung the bat well against him, getting 11 hits.

The problem was when the hits came -- or didn't come.

Anders went the distance and struck out 11, and Fondtaine Weedon had two hits and two RBIs as fourth-seeded Thomas Johnson broke top-seeded and No. 5-ranked Dundalk's 16-game winning streak and ended its season with a 5-4 victory in a Class 3A state semifinal last night at Arundel High.

Thomas Johnson will meet third-seeded Thomas Stone in the state title game Saturday at 7 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium. Thomas Stone topped second-seeded Centennial, 5-4, yesterday at Arundel.

Dundalk (19-2) hit Anders well from the beginning, but wasted several scoring chances. The Owls came up with two hits in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings but could muster just one run.

"We couldn't put them together," said Dundalk coach George Scheulen. "We were hitting the ball well, but we couldn't string them together."

Scheulen announced after the game that he resigned after six seasons. He posted a 77-34 record and took three teams to the state semifinals.

Anders (10-0), a hard-throwing right-hander, gave Dundalk trouble at times. He stayed around the plate the entire game, and the Owls could not completely get to him. He struck out six in the final three innings.

"He'll make you put the ball in play," said Thomas Johnson coach Jim Foit. "You're going to get hits off of him, but he's not going to beat himself."

Anders could be a little looser on the mound because of the quick cushion his teammates gave him against Dundalk starter E'mar Fleming (7-1). The Dundalk right-hander went six innings and was strong at times, but the Patriots got some clutch hits.

Thomas Johnson took the lead in the top of the first. Roger Printz started things by drawing a one-out walk and moving to second on a wild pitch with Weedon up.

Weedon singled in Printz and went to second on the throw home. With Kevin Breckenridge up, Weedon tried to steal third. The throw was low and bounced into left field, letting Weedon come in for a 2-0 lead.

Weedon and Kris Paolini each singled in a run in the fifth, and Brandon Lawson had an RBI on a force play for a 5-0 lead. Eric Cuppett got Dundalk on the board in the fifth with a sacrifice fly that scored Travis Thornton, who had tripled.

Cuppett had the big hit in the seventh as Dundalk tried to rally. Luke Bell made it 5-2 by scoring on a throwing error as John Blalock forced Thornton. Cuppett then lofted a home run to left-center, cutting the lead to one. But Dundalk could do no more.

"We're not a fast starting team," said Cuppett. "We don't ever give up."

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