Eastern Tech edges Gibbons, 2-1

Waskiewicz's 10-strikeout effort sparks Mavericks

High Schools

March 31, 2000|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech hurler Bret Waskiewicz finished yesterday's 2-1 victory at defending Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference champ Cardinal Gibbons exactly the way he started it, by striking out a batter swinging.

Waskiewicz pitched seven strong innings, striking out out 10, walking two and hitting one. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder gave up only three hits, improving to 1-1 on the year.

The right-hander also fueled the Mavericks (1-1) at the plate, as his second-inning double scored Matt Bukowski for the game's first run.

Waskiewicz was walked in the fifth inning, and his courtesy runner, Steve Shepers, eventually scored the game-winning run. Shepers crossed the plate from third base when the shortstop misplayed a difficult one-hopper that glanced off his knee.

Waskiewicz escaped a critical bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the second. In that situation, Dennis Wilderson of Gibbons (6-6) reached on an error, after which Steve Cromer doubled with one out. With two outs, Waskiewicz walked Matt Foster walked to load the bases.

Waskiewicz recovered, however, striking out the final batter of the inning -- you guessed it -- swinging.

"I mostly went with the fastballs, but every once in a while, I'd get them swinging when I came with the hard curve," said Waskiewicz, who credited Bukowski for throwing out a runner at second base in the fourth inning.

"A lot of the credit has to go to my catcher, Matt Bukowski," he said. "We've been together for four years and he called a great game. I only shook him off twice."

The victory was a nice comeback for Waskiewicz, who was a late entry into Saturday's 3-0 shutout loss to No. 4-ranked Fallston, which scored all of its runs in the first inning. Waskiewicz took the loss.

"This was a great overall game for Bret, and I'm happy for him," said Mavericks coach Ken King.

An alumnus of Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, King and Gibbons coach Lou Holcomb, an Old Mill graduate, are old rivals.

"We're not hitting the ball, and that's a worry, but I think that will come," said Ken King. "Part of the reason for that is Gibbons. They're defending MIAA B champs, they have a good coach and their a solid program."

The Mavericks' defense erred three times, one of which led to the Crusaders' lone score, by Doug Summers, who reached on a third-inning single.

Justin King walked three batters, struck out three and allowed three hits.

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