Patterson settles for shaky win over St. Paul's Clippers take 10-8 victory despite four-error seventh

April 12, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Patterson had a simple goal yesterday against St. Paul's.

The Clippers wanted some bragging rights. They hoped to show they could handle a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference team. Patterson players did not want other teams to underestimate them.

No. 17-ranked Patterson achieved its goal -- but not easily. Shawn Fisher threw five strong innings and went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, and the host Clippers needed to survive a shaky seventh for a 10-8 victory over No. 13 St. Paul's.

Patterson (8-0) teams have had plenty of success over the years, but the players wondered how much respect they received.

"We just wanted to get some respect," said Fisher, adding: "I think we got respect."

Despite pitching with a sore hamstring, Fisher allowed five runs on only six hits in five innings.

The right-hander gave St. Paul's (4-4) a tough time with his fastball and the way he changed speeds. At the plate, Fisher had an RBI single in the second and sparked a four-run sixth with a two-run single.

Mike Altadonna knocked in three runs with two sacrifice flies and a groundout. Josh Sullivan had an RBI on a groundout, and Jeff Simmers did the same. Half of the Clippers' runs scored that way.

The Clippers' top three batters did most of the damage. Willie Chavis (1-for 3, two runs scored); Fisher (three runs scored) and Joe Mirabile (2-for-3, three runs) combined for eight of the 10 runs and six of the team's eight hits.

St. Paul's had problems getting clutch hits. The Crusaders left 10 runners on base, including two in the fifth and sixth and the bases loaded in the seventh.

The Clippers led most of the way. With the game tied at 2, Patterson scored four in the second for a lead it never lost. St. Paul's helped, however, as the Clippers got only two hits in the inning.

Starter Dom Lucas balked and had a throwing error. He also issued a walk and hit a batter. A passed ball didn't help, but the Clippers added two stolen bases to manufacture the four runs.

But St. Paul's rallied in the fifth as Fisher struggled with his control. Josh Deckelbaum lined a two-run double to left, and Bret Shaver singled him in to make it 6-5.

Fisher's two-run single and RBI groundouts from Altadonna and Sullivan made it 10-5 in the sixth.

Sam Gurkin came on in relief in the sixth for Patterson and then suffered through the final innning. The Crusaders got four hits to score three runs, but the Clippers made four errors to help. Patterson needed four chances to make the game's final out.

Pub Date: 4/12/97

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