Patterson Wins 13th Straight As Fisher Quiets Run-happy, Unbeaten Mervo, 2-1

Clippers' Pitcher Wins 6th, Holding Mustangs To 4 Hits

Baseball

April 26, 1997|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Shawn Fisher went the distance for his sixth win without a loss, second baseman Joe Mirable went 2-for-3 with a run scored, and catcher Mike Altadonna doubled in his fourth RBI of the week as No. 13 Patterson edged city-league rival Mervo, 2-1, at Herring Run Park yesterday.

The eight-strikeout, four-hit effort by Fisher, who pitched three innings in a victory over Poly on Wednesday, overshadowed the Mustangs' Kevin Davis, who allowed five hits, two walks and struck out eight, including the side in the final inning.

Mervo (7-1, 7-1) entered the game having beaten all but one previous opponent via the 10-run slaughter rule. It had outscored its opponents by 102-16, but, as coach Andy Corbett said, "We hadn't seen pitching of this caliber, and it gave us problems."

Fisher (83 pitches) allowed only Tim Wilkins' fourth-inning single over the first five innings as Patterson (13-0, 9-0) went up 1-0 in the fourth, and 2-0 in the fifth.

A sixth-inning single by Tim Owens scored Mervo's Paul Clark, who doubled to start the inning.

In the fourth inning, Mervo shortstop Duran Kelly over-ran an infield chopper by the Clippers' Josh Sullivan. Sullivan reached first base on the error, which scored Mirable after he'd singled and stolen second base.

Patterson then loaded the bases with consecutive singles by Pat Krivosh and Dino Alger. But Ryan Pratt hit into a fielder's choice as Davis forced Sullivan at home -- catcher Dwight Smith tagged the plate -- before Davis struck out the final batter to end the fourth.

Fisher walked to start the fifth, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored when Altadonna -- who struck out twice previously -- doubled to deep center with two outs.

Mervo blew an early opportunity with one out in the second. Dennis Bailey reached on an error by the shortstop, stole second and went to third on a passed ball. But Fisher struck out the next batter before getting the third on a come-backer.

With one out in the fifth, the right-hander allowed his only walk before inducing the next batter into a come-backer and a 1-4-3 double play.

No. 5 Perry Hall 13, Patapsco 0: Chris Zorn limited the Patriots to four hits and kept the host Gators (11-0) unbeaten. The area's only other ranked team without a loss is Patterson.

No. 4 Calvert Hall 19, Bel Air 6: Dale Berkey hit a grand slam and had seven RBIs and four runs scored for the host Cardinals (18-3). Rob Statsny added three hits and five RBIs for Calvert Hall.

Pub Date: 4/26/97

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