Glen Burnie tags Northeast in 5th, goes on to 13-3 win

Crucial walk, five errors lead to Eagles' undoing

Baseball

April 04, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Northeast sidearmer Tom Foster seemed to be in command with a 1-run lead in the fifth inning at Glen Burnie and having set down eight batters in a row.

That is until he yielded a one-out single to Greg Hammack, followed by an error and the commission of one of baseball's cardinal sins. Foster walked Chris Newton, the No. 9 hitter in the order, to load the bases and open the flood gates.

No. 15 ranked Glen Burnie (5-2) went on to score seven runs and added five more in the home half of the sixth to 10-run (mercy rule) the No. 9 Eagles, 13-3.

"Everything that could wrong, went wrong," said Northeast coach Marshal Kawecki, whose team committed five errors.

"We're a solid club and we're a much better defensive team than this. It was just one of those days."

Northeast (4-1) came into Glen Burnie on a roll while the defending 4A state champion Gophers were coming off a doubleheader loss to Archbishop Curley and Mount St. Joseph on Saturday.

Each team had its ace ready yesterday, but Glen Burnie junior left-hander Chris Lusby (3-0) came out on top with Foster (2-1) suffering his first loss.

Lusby worked into the sixth getting two outs and reaching 100 pitches with a four-hitter, four strikeouts and four walks and giving up two unearned runs.

Freshman right-hander Josh Larkins (2-0), who no-hit North County 3-0 last week in his second varsity start, got the final out in the sixth after Lusby walked the ninth hitter.

The Gophers were hitting the ball hard in the early innings, but right at people as Foster, who is a fast worker, had them reaching for his sidearm fastballs and sliders.

Glen Burnie caught up to Foster in the fifth after his walk to Newton. Newton missed two bunts with runners on first and second, but Foster then threw four balls. All-County catcher Matt Smith (2-for-4) followed with a line single to left for two runs.

"When we needed them to fall in, they fell in and the kids put the bat on the ball with two outs," said Gophers coach Bruce Sider.

"Up to that point, I was worried because we came out flat today [after Saturday] and their kid [Foster] was throwing real well despite throwing five innings Friday [Foster two-hit Chesapeake, 12-2]. He kept us off-balance, but we caught up to him."

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