Perry Hall out-slugs Patapsco, 12-5 Zorn, Batac lead Gators' 11-hit attack

April 13, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Perry Hall coach Larry Butts always expects a slugfest when facing Patapsco, and his No. 12 Gators' 12-5 victory over the visiting Patriots yesterday was everything he anticipated.

Chris Zorn went 3-for-3 with two walks and an RBI, and Alan Batac was 2-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored, as the Gators (5-0, 3-0 in Baltimore County's East Conference) out-hit the No. 18 Patriots (4-1, 2-1) by 11-10, carrying hurler Adam Nastalski to a 2-0 record.

"With the bad weather we've had, we did a lot of work on hitting from a cage inside," said Butts, whose Gators have won three games via the 10-run rule and another by eight runs. "Patapsco always is a good hitting team, it seems, so we knew they would hit the ball. We hit the ball today, and that was the difference."

In Thursday's 11-7 victory over No. 14 Lansdowne, the Patriots used 12 hits to overcome four errors and a 6-1 second-inning deficit. Yesterday, Patapsco overcame a 4-0 first-inning deficit to lead 5-4 entering the bottom of the fourth, but was undone by the Gators' three-run fourth and seven errors -- five of which led directly to runs for Perry Hall.

A two-run single by Bill Foos (2-for-4) put the Gators up permanently, 6-5, and an error made it 7-5 entering the fifth.

"We know we can hit, and we know we can field, but today was a matter of us not putting it all together. Our mental errors were hard to overcome. We got down on ourselves," said Sean Patterson, who went 3-for-4 and scored a run for Patapsco. "We came off of a tough game, but were ready to play today. Perry Hall just played better."

Nastalski, whose other win was a no-hitter, struck out four while walking three. Twice, in the third and sixth innings, he hit batters to load the bases.

"He was getting kind of irritated with himself, but with the weather conditions, no one's been getting curves over," said Butts, who once called time for a conference with Nastalski. "I just tried to get him to settle down a little bit and relax."

But Nastalski already had paid for the second hit batsman, as Jason Brown's two-run single lifted the Patriots into a 4-4 tie. The second time, however, Nastalski induced a grounder to third for the final out. Nastalski escaped a third bases-loaded situation in the fourth by retiring the last two batters.

"A lot of my junk was working early, but I just made some bad decisions on a couple of pitches. I left it up a lot, and they were able to get a few," said Nastalski, who, along with Bob Davis, Tim Drosinos and Kevin Znamirowski, hit 1-for-4. "We've been a solid hitting team all year, and that pulled us through again."

Chris D'Anna (2-for-4, two RBI) and Wayne Brooks (2-for-4) hit well for Patapsco, whose losing pitcher, Jermaine Scruggs, struck out seven and walked three after replacing Earle Wood in the third inning.

"We tried to see what would happen with our off-speed control pitcher [Wood] early, but he didn't have it," said Patapsco coach Dave Ingle. "They got the key hits, we didn't, and we had errors. If this is a growing process, I'm happy. We'll get to play them again and measure our progress."

Towson 10, Carver A&T 0: Right-hander Jeremy Sutton pitched a five-inning no-hitter, allowing three walks and striking out five for host Towson (3-1).

Pub Date: 4/13/96

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