City sneaks away from Poly, 10-9

April 20, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

Calling yesterday's 10-9 victory over visiting Poly "a comedy of errors," City coach Bill Walker was able to smile after a frustrating afternoon.

Though his Knights (8-3) had erred five times, they were bailed out by their first three batters, Damian Beane (3-for-4, home run, double, two RBIs), Raoul Edwards (3-for-4, two home runs, four RBIs) and Pat Mowray (1-for-4, home run, two RBIs).

"Our offense came through, where our defense was shaky," said Edwards, a junior. "A lot of us can hit, but today it took our first three guys to get the job done."

The Knights set the tone with a 3-0 first-inning lead against Steve Worrell (10 strikeouts, three walks), beginning with Beane's bases-empty home run, which easily cleared City's shallow center-field fence. Edwards' single was followed up by Mowray's two-run home run.

In the second, Gary Peeples, who singled, later scored on a passed ball, and Worrell, who walked, to scored on a balk. Lead-off hitter Nolan Warfield (2-for-3) tied the game on a run-scoring double.

In the bottom of the inning, Beane singled and later scored on a passed ball. But Poly led, 6-4, in the fourth after Warfield doubled in a run, and he and Joe Able (2-for-3) scored on errors.

City regained an 8-6 lead in the fourth as Beane doubled in a run and Edwards -- who had a bases-empty home run in the sixth -- nailed a three-run home run.

Poly's Chris Mossman (1-for-2,) tied the game at 8 with his fifth-inning two-run double, but shortly thereafter, City left fielder Walter Vaughn caught a fly ball and began a three-man relay that ended with catcher Jason Smith tagging out the go-ahead run at the plate.

In the seventh, Warfield stepped to the plate with the bases loaded, none out, and City leading, 10-8. But Sean Cooper, who relieved Mowray in the fifth, got him on a pop-up.

The Engineers (6-4) made it 10-9 on Andy McDermott's sacrifice to left field, but Able was thrown out at first base.

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