Poly sweeps past Patterson to take City League lacrosse, baseball titles

May 13, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Poly's baseball and boys lacrosse teams ended the regular season by toppling dominant Patterson traditions for Baltimore City League championships.

The Engineers' 17th-ranked baseball team, of sixth-year coach Mark Schlenoff, went 15-2 for the city's A Division crown. In lacrosse, coach John Hammond's Engineers went 13-1, including two wins over defending City League champ Patterson, which hadn't lost to a city team in three years.

The lacrosse team plays host to Stephen DeCatur in today's Class 1A-2A East region playoffs, and the baseball team plays South River in Monday's Class 2A East.

Schlenoff's Engineers also routed defending champ Patterson, 15-3. The win over Patterson, last season's Class 4A state runner-up, was Poly's first over the Clippers in six years, a streak that included four one-run losses, a two-run loss and a tie.

Schlenoff's Engineers have a .392 team batting average and amassed 226 runs, 166 RBIs and 22 home runs. Poly's pitching staff includes Donald Arnold, who is 5-1 with 64 strikeouts and 11 walks, and Nick Cox, who is 6-0 with 49 strikeouts.

Arnold hit .488 and ranks second on the team with 23 RBIs, and Cox, .316 with a team-high five triples. But the Engineers' best offensive contributor is Eddie Henry, who hits .463 and leads the team in RBIs (29), runs scored (35) and home runs (nine).

Center fielder Alex Turner hits .436 with 22 runs and 19 RBIs, right fielder Tim Frazier, .474 with 18 RBIs and 17 runs, and second baseman Jason Harris, .481 with 19 RBIs and 31 runs.

"Beating Patterson was great for the kids after all those close games," said Schlenoff, who is also the school's athletic director. "We've been hitting well all year."

Hammond's underclassmen-laden lacrosse team is anchored by freshman keeper Andy Posil, who allowed only 6.5 goals a game, and top scoring junior attackman Marcus Smith, who leads the Engineers in scoring with 38 goals and 15 assists.

Senior midfielder Ryan O'Shea has 19 goals and has seven assists, and, defensively, Isaam Ahmad has 78 ground balls, 44 take-aways and six saves, followed by senior Ronald White's 41 ground balls, 19 take-aways and four saves.

Also contributing, offensively, are sophomores Andrew Godsey (27 goals, 24 assists) and Josh Kraft (15, 15), along with freshman Tavon McGee (21, 14). Sophomore Dennis Robinson and senior James McCray are the ground balls leaders with 118, and, 116, respectively.

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