Rally lets Baysox split doubleheader with Senators

April 14, 1995|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Sun Staff Writer

BOWIE -- The Bowie Baysox needed their first inspirational victory of the young season, and last night they got it.

They were confronted with being shut out for the first time in dTC 1995 by Harrisburg, but rallied with all their runs in the final two innings and pulled out a 5-4 win at Prince George's County

Stadium.

Roy Hodge's bases-loaded fly ball that dropped far beyond a drawn-in Senators outfield for a single capped the comeback, which gave the Baysox a split of the doubleheader.

Harrisburg won the completion of the previous night's suspended game, 8-3, in the opener.

"We've been down the last few days, but winning a game like this can get us going, help us with momentum," said Hodge.

Bowie trailed 4-0 entering the bottom of the sixth when they scored three runs. B. J. Waszgis and Eric Chavez produced run-scoring hits in the rally and the other run scored when Hodge bounced into a double play.

"I wouldn't say I've been struggling at the plate, but I've been thinking too much," said Hodge. "That was an example. I've had about three or four of those situations lately and ended up hitting into double plays.

"I've been jumping at the ball instead of staying back and waiting."

In the seventh, with loser Alex Pacheco trying to salvage the situation, Feliciano Mercedes led off with a single. Clayton Byrne was attempting to sacrifice, but was safe at first when Joe Vidro couldn't hold Pacheco's throw.

Jim Crowley singled home the tying run, then Harry Berrios reached safely when Pacheco threw wildly to third trying to cut down Byrne after Berrios bunted.

L Waszgis was called out on strikes before Hodge's fly won it.

"That hit should help Roy settle in," said Bowie manager Bob Miscik. "He is like almost everybody else on this club, just happy mentally to be in Double-A.

"We got some big hits in this game. This is the kind of game that might help us win a couple more."

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