Slow start dooms Key again, 8-0 Eagles drop second in a row under Reese

March 28, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

First-year coach Bob Reese and his Francis Scott Key Eagles are having a rough time in the early going.

Fielders are pressing a bit, pitchers are trying to do a little too much and the batters are anxious at the plate. It's all part of getting to know one another.

For the second time in as many games, the Eagles found themselves down three runs before they got a chance to swing the bat yesterday afternoon against visiting Walkersville. And they were never able to solve pitcher Dwayne Myers, who went five strong innings to lead the Lions to an 8-0 win.

The consolation for Reese and his Eagles, now 0-2, is it's still early. "We're learning together and are pressing a little right now, but we still have 20 games left," he said.

Yesterday's first inning was almost a carbon copy of the way things went for the Eagles in Monday's 4-0 loss to South Hagerstown.

An error and a walk put two runners on and the Lions took advantage with run-scoring singles from Bronson McLain and Cameron Eldefsen. Another error brought home McLain and it was 3-0 before Key senior starter Robbie Green could get settled.

"You have the early errors and that makes it tough on your pitcher," Reese said. "Then he tries to throw harder and, pressing, he walks a couple of batters. We're still learning where people can play and there's a long way to go."

When the Eagles were laying off Myers' curve, they were hitting the ball well, but right at people. Their first hit didn't come until the fourth when senior Mike Crawmer beat out a dribbler down the third base line. By then, Walkersville (2-0) had built an 8-0 lead with five runs in its half of the inning.

In the seventh, the Eagles' Will Linthicum led off with a double down the right-field line and reached third with no outs, but was stranded.

"I think they feel pressure for me and want to get me a win. It will come," said Reese.

Gabe Stephenson pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Green with second baseman Billy Baker getting Key's other hit, a sharp single down the third base line in the fifth. Pat Currier, Steve Hildebrand and McLain -- Walkersville's 1-2-3 batters -- each scored twice.

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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