Parkville's Reaves two-hits Dulaney, 2-1 Moves unranked Knights into tie for division lead

April 27, 1996|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Parkville junior right-hander Larry Reaves, after removing his jacket, prepared to finish off his sixth win without a loss.

Then he kneeled to pick up some coins that dropped from his coat pocket, prompting nearby athletic director Jesse Hannon to ask, "You the money man?"

Reaves answered by striking out the side, completing a 90-minute, 14-strikeout, 2-1 victory over No. 13 Dulaney (11-2). He avenged an earlier one-run loss, lifting the unranked Knights (11-2, 7-2) into a first-place tie in Baltimore County's Central Division. Each team has three division games left.

Reaves, who has a 0.70 ERA, faced 23 batters, walked none and yielded two fifth-inning hits, with an amazing 58 of his 76 pitches being strikes.

"He put the pitches I'd call right on the money," said catcher Darren LaRocque. "He shook me off once on full count in the sixth. I wanted a fastball: He threw a curve that was fouled off, but got a strikeout on the next curve."

Leading 2-0 in the fifth, Reaves saw his perfect game escape him on consecutive no-out singles by Chris Holloway and Joe Metz. Damon Holmes, running for Holloway, the catcher, stole third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeff Duerbeck. Reaves faced five batters that inning.

"I used a curve, slider, a few changes and got most guys with fastballs on the outside of the plate," said Reaves, who had nine strikeouts and a walk in Monday's 9-0 one-hitter of Towson. "This is the best I've thrown in my life."

When he went 1-4 last year Reaves "had just two pitches, a fastball and curve, and was wild," said first-year coach Jeff Markel. But with 53 strikeouts and eight walks this year, and the addition of a split-finger and an overhand sinker, "he's become our bread-and-butter," Markel said.

Losing left-hander Danny Williams (4-2), who beat Parkville earlier, struck out five with four hits and a walk, but his defense betrayed him, allowing five errors.

The Knights' defense was errorless. First baseman Dan McGraw had four putouts, one off a comebacker to Reaves in the third, and one when he snagged a low throw from shortstop Andrew Bailey (three assists).

McGraw (2-for-3) had a double and scored the Knights' winning run on a third-inning error. A second-inning single by Calvert Hall transfer Ryan Avila scored Parkville's Rob Parks.

"Larry kept the ball down, kept us off balance," Dulaney coach Ron Audlin said. "He was phenomenal. Best I've seen this year. He's for real."

Pub Date: 4/27/96

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