No. 6 Franklin trips No. 14 Lansdowne Vikings take 2-0 lead, but mistakes allow Indians to win, 9-3

April 09, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Over the first two innings, No. 14 Lansdowne had a 2-0 lead, four hits against Franklin and appeared to have Baltimore County's top returning pitcher, Mike Trott, wavering against a cold, stiff breeze.

Over the next three innings, however, the visiting Vikings (2-1 overall and in the Southwestern Conference) self-destructed so badly in an eventual 9-3 loss to the No. 6 Indians (2-1), that their coach, Dave Wright, hardly could watch.

Capitalizing on the Vikings' poor pitching and critical mistakes, and by getting clutch hits, the Indians scored three and five runs, respectively, in the second and third innings, and another in the fourth.

Second-team All-Metro right-hander Mike Trott (1-0), still nursing a badly broken pitching hand, suffered during football season, recovered to strike out eight batters against five each in walks and hits.

"I've only pitched two innings, and I hadn't thrown live in nine days, plus I'm not a cold-weather pitcher," said Trott, who pitched six innings. "It was scary at first, but once we scored a couple of runs, I was able to keep the ball down, mainly using fastballs and curves. It was a real test, because they're a strong program."

Lansdowne's lead, established on Gary Howard's first-inning RBI single and Kevin Muller's second-inning score off a double-steal, quickly became a 3-2 deficit in the second.

Walks by Jason Comoglio and John Schott, sandwiched around a single by Blaine Sharpless (3-for-4, two RBIs, two runs scored) loaded the bases, and another walk to John Wasmer scored Comoglio.

Fielder's choice opportunities scored Sharpless and Schott. In the fourth, two walks, a passed ball and an error made it 4-2, and Sharpless singled to make it 5-2. Another bad decision on a fielder's choice made it 6-2 and a single by David Cox 7-2.

"The talent's here, but this was disastrous because the second we fall behind, we're fighting each other," said Wright, who coached Randallstown last season.

For Franklin, whose only previous loss was against an improved Catonsville squad, Cox went 2-for-2; Todd Pinson had a double, three walks and two runs scored; and Adam Gardener went 2-for-4. "They have a good team, and the first two innnings were pretty intense," said Franklin coach Chick Vrany. "Unfortunately, they made it an easy game for us after that. We came through with the key hits that we needed, and the walks they gave us ended up paying off."

Pub Date: 4/09/96

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