Towson swings by Patapsco and into regional final, 9-1

Curley deals Cards out of MIAA A tourney, 12-11

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Unranked Towson continued to slug its way deeper into the playoffs with a 9-1 upset yesterday of No. 16-ranked Patapsco in a Class 2A North region semifinal.

Towson, just 9-8 for the season after winning 28 of 33 regular-season games the last two springs, is 3-0 in region play this time, having outscored the opposition, 35-9.

The Generals and North Harford, a 14-0 winner yesterday over Owings Mills, will play for the Class 2A North title tomorrow.

Towson, behind the no-nonsense, throw-strikes pitching of Andre Gardner, put visiting Patapsco away early, scoring five runs in the second inning to assume a quick 6-0 advantage.

The inning's big blow was a base-clearing triple by catcher Wade Tyree, who hit another triple later in the game. Patapsco contributed to its downfall with two errors, one on a sure double-play one-hopper to the mound.

Thereafter, all the Generals had to do was make plays behind Gardner, "who makes it easy to play good defense behind him," in the words of coach Bill Yoska. "He doesn't waste time, and he's always around the plate."

Gardner allowed just two hits over his six innings of work and aided his own cause with a pair of excellent stabs of hot shots that seemed headed for center field. Shortstop Mike Williams also made some nice plays, as did Tyree behind the plate.

"We're hitting now, and the defense is coming around," said Yoska. "Back when we were losing all those one-run games [four], mostly in extra innings [three such losses], our defense was horrible.

"I don't think the team is putting any pressure on itself right now. They're a bunch of seniors, and they're just out to have some fun."

No. 6 Archbishop Curley 12, Calvert Hall 11: The Friars won an error-filled contest at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, scoring the game-winner on a seventh-inning error, to reach tonight's 6: 30 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference title game against fourth-ranked Mount St. Joseph (20-6).

Curley, with one loss, must beat the unbeaten Gaels twice to win the double-elimination tournament.

Senior third baseman Mike Costello of Curley (22-9) went 3-for-4, with his state-record 15th home run of the season, and senior right-hander Dan Deming went all the way, yielding four earned runs.

The title-game appearance will be the first in the 1990s for 37th-year Curley coach Al Frank, whose last title was in the 1980s.

Calvert Hall (22-9), of coach Joe Binder, was looking for its ninth tournament crown, its second straight. But the loss marked the first time the Cardinals will miss the title game this decade.

Chesapeake-AA 2, No. 1 Arundel 0: Top-ranked Arundel was eliminated in a Class 4A East semifinal by 10-10 Chesapeake, which will face No. 17-ranked Glen Burnie, in its first region final, at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

The win was the second this season for the Cougars over Arundel; the Cougars won the first meeting, 3-2.

Mike Pierpoint pitched a four-hit shutout for Chesapeake, striking out four and walking none.

Long Reach 18, No. 10 Howard 12: Brandon Jones and Josh Siegert each homered to lead the Lightning (7-14) past the Lions. Long Reach scored five runs in the third inning and held on the rest of the way.

Glenelg 11, Oakland Mills 1: Brandon Robertson struck out seven and walked only one batter as the Gladiators (18-4) cruised past the Scorpions in a Class 1A South game.

St. Mary's 11, Chapelgate 8: With the Saints trailing by one -- 8-7 -- George Chmiel hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to lift St. Mary's (17-3) over visiting Chapelgate in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference semifinal.

St. Mary's faces Gibbons in today's championship at 4 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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