Lansdowne's seventh straight win comes at Franklin's expense, 5-2

April 25, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Coach Dave Wright's early-season attitude adjustment tactics -- including the three-week suspensions of two star players -- appear to have worked wonders for his No. 18 Lansdowne Vikings.

On Tuesday, they toppled previously unbeaten and sixth-ranked Perry Hall. And yesterday, they avenged an earlier loss to Franklin by beating the visiting Indians, 5-2, for their seventh straight victory.

"There's always been talent here, but this particular group needed to understand discipline. It's just been a question of us being forceful enough to impose upon them to use their talents," Wright said. "We've beaten Catonsville's best pitcher, beat Perry Hall's, and now we've come back and beat Franklin -- and none of those games have been flukes."

Junkballer Gary Jackson (3-0) went the distance for 13 strikeouts, striking out the side in the final inning, and getting support from an offense that amassed 10 hits against two pitchers.

Kevin Muller, Mike Queen, Scott Adkins and Charlie Walter all went 2-for-3 for Lansdowne (9-2), which earlier this season blew leads in losses to Franklin and Patapsco. Muller slapped a two-run double yesterday, had four RBIs and scored a run. Queen had an RBI and Adkins scored once.

"I'd been in a slump, going 0-for-9 at one point, so this was a great game come out of it in," said Muller, a third baseman whose double, followed by Queen's run-scoring single, gave Lansdowne a 3-0 second-inning lead.

"We knew they'd come at us with everything they had," said Franklin first baseman Todd Pinson, whose third-inning double made it 3-1. Franklin (5-4) scored its other run on a fifth-inning error. "We get every team's ace, and regardless of whether he [Jackson] was their ace, he pitched like it."

Jackson, who walked only the game's first batter and hit another, scattered four hits while using three different deliveries, including an overhand fastball and a sidearm curve.

"I drop down for the curve, or come over the top, or I'll throw a quarter of the way [between the two]," Jackson said. "I left my fastball sitting in the middle of the plate sometimes, but they weren't hitting it."

In the loss to Franklin's ace, second-team All-Metro Mike Trott, the Vikings committed seven errors, five of which led to runs.

They had hoped to face Trott again yesterday, Wright said, but they were more than happy to tag starter Jason Zahn and fourth-inning reliever, left-hander Ben Jewitt, for five hits each.

"We weren't playing as a team when we played Franklin the first time, and we were fighting among each other," Queen said. "Now we are playing as a team, and we can't be stopped."

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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