Damiano's pitching, hitting lifts S. Carroll

Cavs down C.M. Wright, 5-2, to advance to final

3A baseball

May 26, 1999|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Though he stands just 5 feet 9, Kevin Damiano's a heavy hitter as a pitcher and a batter.

Yesterday, Damiano hoisted No. 2-ranked South Carroll to a 5-2 victory in a Class 3A state semifinal over No. 9 C. Milton Wright at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

A left-hander whose fastball was clocked at 88 miles per hour early on, Damiano (6-0) overcame deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 on the mound by striking out eight batters, walking one and hitting one while allowing only six hits in six innings of work.

At the plate, Damiano was 1-for-3, with a third-inning, three-run triple that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 4-2 lead. Chris Vasse's single scored Damiano for the winning margin entering the fourth.

It was the eighth straight win and 14th in the past 15 games for the second-ranked Cavaliers (18-5), including a 6-5 win over 4A semifinalist Frederick of Frederick County. South Carroll will play winner of last night's game between Calvert and Leonardtown on Friday or Saturday.

The Mustangs (15-9) had won four straight games, including an 8-7 win over Harford County co-champ Fallston, and were trying to reach the state final for the second straight season after losing last year to Damascus.

"I had the butterflies early, but coming up with that hit was big," said Damiano, who leads the team with 40 RBIs and has struck out 74 batters. "I love pitching with a lead."

But South Carroll's victory wasn't secured until reliever Jason Tourangeau closed the seventh. Tourangeau retired the first two batters, but walked the next two before Brad Glascock struck out looking at a curveball on the outside of the plate on a 3-2 pitch.

"I was throwing fastballs, and I knew he was sitting for another one, so I threw a curve," said Tourangeau, a 6-foot-4 right-hander whose fastball was clocked at 93 mph two weeks ago in a Milwaukee Brewers tryout at Arundel High.

Glascock finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, including a first-inning, opposite-field, bases-empty homer -- his team-high sixth -- over the right-field fence for a 1-0 lead.

A second-inning RBI single by Gary Harrison (2-for-3) made it 1-all, but Glascock's third-inning RBI double followed Nate Weigl's single for a 2-1 lead.

After yielding a single and a walk in the third inning, Mustangs starter Dave Heil was replaced with Mike Crone, who walked the bases loaded before yielding Damiano's three-run triple to right field.

With two outs in the fourth, Damiano allowed Heil's double and Steve Getz's single to right field. But Heil was thrown out at home by right fielder Justin Cavey, with catcher Harrison delivering the tag.

In two other solid defensive plays in the fifth inning, Glascock lined out to left field, and Harrison picked off a runner at first base.

"They have a great team, and pretty good chance to win it all with the pitchers we saw today," said Glascock.

"But we've had a heckuva ride the past two years. We have a lot to be proud of."

Pub Date: 5/26/99

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