Friends takes the opportunity to even series with Lutheran

May 27, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

The three hits Friends managed did not help its offense much.

But its nine steals and three errors from Lutheran sure did.

The Quakers used them to defeat Lutheran, 5-2, yesterday at Herring Run Park in the completion of Game 2 of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference championship series.

The Friends victory tied the best-of-three series at one game apiece. The deciding game is at 3:45 p.m. today at Lutheran (11-6).

Rain forced suspension of Game 2 on Wednesday one pitch into the bottom of the third inning with the score tied at 1.

Yesterday, Mike DeLara sparked Friends with four steals along with two hits and a run, and Carter Adkinson struck out seven and gave up only one hit in four innings of relief.

Friends (10-7) spent the game manufacturing runs without benefit of hits. The Quakers did not need a hit to score four of their five runs.

"We're a team that tries to take every opportunity that's open," said Friends coach Tom Randall. "If you depend on the big hits, they're not always going to be there."

In the first inning on Wednesday Adkinson led off by walking, stealing second and going to third on a groundout. Dave Schummers grounded to first to score Adkinson for a 1-0 lead.

Just before the game was suspended, in the top of the third, Jeff Drayer grounded into a force out that scored Scott Brown to make it 1-1.

But when play began yesterday, Friends took off running.

Alec Hawley stole two bases in the third, but was left on third. In the fourth, DeLara singled, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Jamie Johnston for a 2-1 lead.

Two Lutheran errors, two Drayer balks and another Hawley steal helped the Quakers score a run without a hit in the fifth -- an inning when they did not get the ball out of the infield.

Four Friends steals -- three from DeLara -- plus another Lutheran error let the Quakers score two more without benefit of a hit in the sixth.

At one point, Drayer and Johnston pulled off a double steal of home and second, and Johnson went to third on a throwing error.

"It's fun to [score] that way," said DeLara, who was 2-for-3 in Game 1.

"We knew Carter was going to be on. All we needed to do was produce for him."

Adkinson was definitely on. The right-hander had been off on Monday in Game 1, struggling with a tired arm, lasting four innings plus three batters and uncharacteristically giving up five runs on nine hits.

Adkinson stayed in control in this game. He came in when the game began yesterday and silenced Lutheran with a good fastball and curve, allowing the one hit and one run in four innings.

"I had good heat on my fastball," Adkinson said. "The curveball was real effective. I put it exactly where I wanted to."

Adkinson's pitching, the steals, errors and balks spoiled Drayer's complete game. The right-hander threw well, but Friends took advantage of its chances.

"They were just more intense than we were Wednesday and today," Lutheran coach Tom Kolb said. "They pushed when they [had chances], and we didn't."

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