McDonogh comeback sinks Gilman

April 22, 1995|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

The aftermath of another blown lead and another loss to a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival had Gilman's Russell Wrenn somewhat perplexed.

Just two days earlier, the Greyhounds allowed Mount St. Joseph to overcome a two-run lead to win.

Yesterday, the Greyhounds led by three runs in the fourth before letting visiting McDonogh off the hook in an 11-8 loss.

"To play hard and come up short like this is difficult," said Wrenn, who scored three times and went 3-for-4 with an RBI yesterday. "We're a team good enough to make the playoffs, but we've just got to start pulling these games out."

Yesterday, the No. 13 Greyhounds (6-4) almost did win, getting five of their six hits off left-handed starter Rich Levin (83 pitches, six walks, two strikeouts), forcing coach Chet Janiga to replace Levin in favor of ace Mike Ginsberg in the fourth inning with Gilman leading 5-4.

"Richie was pitching with blisters on his fingers, and I think that had an effect," said Janiga.

Ginsberg (five strikeouts, one walk) improved to 5-0, but not before getting into trouble. First Jason Mersey reached on an error, then Ginsberg ran down Wrenn's bunt before overthrowing second, allowing Heaps to score. Mersey scored on a fielder's choice to give Gilman a 7-4 lead before Ginsberg struck out the last two batters.

The third-ranked Eagles (12-1) responded with a four-run sixthbeginning when Wrenn mishandled Scott Breault's shot on the line, as Jason Taylor scored from third base. Two walks later, Phil Rosenbaum, running for Breault, scored on a bases-loaded passed ball.

Pitcher Rollie Cordin, replacing Misha Goberman, walked Ginsberg before Dennis Badham smacked a two-run single.

Gilman tied the game at eight on an error in the bottom of the sixth. Mersey was thrown out at the plate on Danny Coyle's bases-loaded fielder's choice, but Wrenn came home when Taylor, the catcher, threw wide of first to get Coyle.

In the seventh, Breault tripled in the game-winner with two outs.

"I told my team that I got up, I'd win the game for us," said Breault, "I've grown from 5-9, to 5-11, and I've bulked up from 145 to 170. The hard work in the off-season paid off in confidence."

Cordin walked two more before Ginsberg stroked a bases-loaded single for the final margin.

Ginsberg was also instrumental in staking the Eagles to a 2-0 first-inning lead, singling in the first run and scoring the second on a triple by Michael Stellar.

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