10-run, Final-inning Comeback Is One Owls' Stull Will Remember

April 23, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Westminster co-coach Guy Stull has been around baseball for a long time.

What he saw Friday was something he's never seen before and he doesn't expect to see it again. That's why baseball is special.

On a bitter cold, windy day in Westminster, the Thomas Johnson Patriots had a 13-4 lead going into the last of the seventh and were looking to get three more outs so they could head to the warm bus.

The No. 9 Owls (9-3) had other ideas.

Senior catcher Brian Tozer got the inning started with a bases-empty homer, later added a three-run shot and the improbable comeback was completed when Mike Taylor, who tripled and doubled in the inning, came across with the winning run on a wild pitch.

Final score: Westminster 14, Thomas Johnson 13.

"Rather amazing," said Stull. "It's one you won't forget. It just doesn't happen but once in a lifetime. Everything just clicked. We got some breaks and some timely hitting."

Perhaps most impressive was the win came against a quality Thomas Johnson team that has been a perennial power in the Central Maryland Conference and had earlier in the week handed South Carroll its first loss of the season.

"It kind of reminds me of the team two years ago," Stull added.

The 1995 Westminster team went 20-3 with a trip to the state 4A championship semifinals. The Owls had an 11-3 record in one-run games, and eight times rallied in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings to win games.

Building a team

The Francis Scott Key boys lacrosse team, in its second season at the club level, continues to improve as it hopes to reach varsity status next spring.

The Eagles are 4-3 overall and tied for fourth in the 11-team Western Maryland Lacrosse Conference at 4-2.

"Things are going pretty well, we've gotten a year better," said Key coach John Baugher. "Things look pretty positive as far as having a varsity program next year."

Midfielder Scott Straehle leads the club in scoring with 14 goals.

The Francis Scott Key girls, which started playing a club schedule this spring, was 3-0 going into last night's game against Thomas Johnosn.

Title in view

The Western Maryland College men's lacrosse team is one win away from playing for the Centennial Conference championship.

With a win at Dickinson (3-7, 1-4 in the CC) this afternoon, the Green Terror (9-0, 4-0) will set the stage for a winner-take-all, conference championship game when Washington College (10-3, 5-0 in the CC) visits Bair Stadium on May 3. Western Maryland last won a league title in 1979 when it competed in the Middle Atlantic Conference.

Ranked 10th in the NCAA Division III poll, Western Maryland has won the last 22 meetings against Dickinson and own a 27-5 edge in the career series. Western Maryland's last loss to the Red Devils came in 1974 -- a 7-5 setback.

After today's game against Dickinson, the Green Terror faces non-conference games vs. No. 2 Salisbury State (10-1) Saturday and St. Mary's next Wednesday.

The Green Terror, coming off a 14-7 win against Franklin & Marshall on Saturday that set a school record for consecutive wins with nine, has never defeated the Sea Gulls in 11 tries.

Attackman Matt Hoppe was named CC Player of the Week after his four-goal four-assist effort against F&M. He now has 32 goals and 17 assists on the season.

In the swing

The Centennial Conference Golf Championships will take place this weekend at Eagle's Landing Golf Club in Berlin. The 54-hole tournament will begin Friday and run through Sunday with 18 holes played on each of the three days.

The Green Terror, coming off a solid second-place showing at the District II Stress-Less Golf Classic, is among the favorites.

Junior Mike Diehl, who finished seventh out of 57 golfers on Monday, will lead the way for the Green Terror. Dickinson was last year's CC champs.

Pub Date: 4/23/97

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