Bair beats McDonogh again, 3-0

April 04, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

McDonogh coach Chet Janiga said his Eagles played like "caged animals" at times last week. Yesterday, however, they were tamed yet again by Calvert Hall's Andy Bair.

Left-hander Bair (3-0), battling the flu, struck out 12 batters, facing just two over the minimum (23) in a one-hit, 3-0 victory.

He retired the first 10 batters before the 11th, Jason Taylor, reached on an error.

It was a rematch of last year's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game, and Bair's fourth win in two years over McDonogh, including a 10-0 shutout and a 3-0 perfect game.

McDonogh (6-1, 1-1) has just four hits against 42 strikeouts when facing Bair, but if there was a time to get him, it was yesterday.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pounder had been bed-ridden over the weekend, and -- though he clocked in the high 80s at various times -- often went with a sneaky curve.

In the sixth, a fading Bair "threw curve, curve, curve" to get Taylor, who "just watched them go by."

McDonogh struck out looking seven times.

"They were thinking a little too much," Bair said. "But I out-thought them."

McDonogh's bench came alive when Mike Stellar doubled off with two out in the fifth, but was silenced when the next batter, Scott Breault, was thrown out by second baseman Rusty Brown.

McDonogh erred four times in the game but got a solid effort out of center fielder Mike Dubansky, who snagged a deep single by Matt Schruefer and began a three-man relay to get Ryan Tolson out at home in the fifth. He also made a diving grab to his right of Rusty Brown's deep fly ball in the sixth.

But Bair never let the Eagles' offense get started.

"He threw strikes or got them called when the count was critical," said McDonogh left-hander Rich Levin.

"I don't think intimidation is the right word. It was frustrating."

Bair's work overshadowed a nice effort by Levin (2-1), who walked three, struck out three and yielded three of the Cardinals' seven hits in a two-run sixth.

* Randallstown 5, Franklin 3: Left-hander Brian Ward went seven innings, gave up one hit (a fourth-inning home run by Todd Pinson), struck out 10 and walked three for No. 16 Randallstown (4-0).

Ward went 1-for-3, and his two-run triple broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. Ward came home on a sacrifice fly by Shilo Merwitz to close his team's scoring. Mike Trott took the loss for No. 9 Franklin (2-1).

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