Perry Hall takes down Patapsco

Pike's arm, bat pace Gators' 6-2 victory

Baseball

High Schools

March 30, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

When Perry Hall's Chris Pike took the mound against visiting Patapsco yesterday, the senior right-hander thought back to last year's game.

That was the game when his teammates committed seven errors en route to a six-run loss that was part of a 1-6 start for the eventual 4A state runner-up.

Pike's start was not an auspicious one yesterday, but the finish was, as the No. 6 Gators defeated the 10th-ranked Patriots, 6-2, on a blustery day and a muddy field.

Perry Hall is now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in Baltimore County's Division I.

Pike also went 3-for-3, with his final hit leading to the game-winning run, and pitched a complete-game two-hitter, striking out seven, walking six and escaping a couple of jams along the way to improve his pitching record to 2-0.

"My curveball was working real well, probably helped by the wind," Pike said. "But the walks, I think, were caused by my changing my release point, which I shouldn't have been doing."

Pike got help from teammates Shawn Warner and Chris Middlecamp, whose triples keyed the Gators' decisive four-run fourth inning.

Warner's triple scored Chris Farenschak to make it 3-1 before Warner scored on a balk for a 4-1 lead. Middlecamp plated Brian Vecchioni, who had walked, and John Wanger, who had singled.

Patapsco didn't get its second hit until the sixth from Joe Eckert. Eric Lloyd's seventh-inning sacrifice fly scored the second run for the Patriots (1-1, 0-1).

"I was a little nervous early, but they weren't really hitting me," Pike said. "And I knew once we started making contact, it was just a matter of time."

Patapsco's leadoff batter, Jerry Hehring, reached on an error in the first inning.

Devin McDonald then singled off Pike, who walked the third batter to load the bases, struck out the fourth, and walked in the Patriots' first run.

Jason Henry's first-inning sacrifice fly scored Rob Ibex to tie the game, but Pike had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the top of the third to keep the Patriots quiet.

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