6 unearned runs end River Hill's dreams

Cinderella playoff string is over after 9-7 defeat

State baseball semifinals

May 24, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

River Hill, a team that entered yesterday's Class 3A state semifinal with an 11-10 record, rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh against undefeated Damascus.

But it wasn't quite enough to upset the No.1-ranked team in the Washington area.

Damascus (20-0), 3A state champion in 1998, defeated the Hawks, 9-7, at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans with six unearned runs on four River Hill errors."Too many gifts," River Hill coach Rick Lloyd said. "They only got three earned runs, and all of our runs were earned."

River Hill, which lost seven of its first 10 games this season, also had two runners thrown out at the plate, a fact that Lloyd credited to Damascus catcher Bobby Ryan."Their catcher controlled the game and kept our runners close to the bag, and that's why we got two runners out at home and why the catcher is so important," Lloyd said.

Lloyd tried to get his team psychologically ready by telling it not to think it was an underdog."I told them you play in a top-flight county and it turned out there was not much difference between an 11-11 team and an undefeated team," Lloyd said. "We were looking forward to playing the No.1 Washington-area team and then the No. 1 Baltimore-area team [Fallston] and showing people how tough Howard County baseball is. And we came that close."

River Hill scored more runs against Damascus than any other team this season.

Arin Gelletly, who went 8-for-10 in the playoffs, hit a two-run double to get River Hill started in the third inning after Damascus opened a 6-0 lead.

Then, Miguel Montanez hit a two-run single in the fourth inning. Chris Becraft followed with a single, but a River Hill runner was thrown out at the plate, ending the inning.

Gelletly pitched the last three innings for River Hill, and would have shut down Damascus if not for two unearned runs on two errors in the seventh inning. They proved to be the winning runs.

Baseball

State semifinals

Yesterday's results

Class 4A

Dulaney 2, E. Roosevelt 0

Watkins Mill 6, Old Mill 0

Class 3A

River Hill vs. Damascus, 7

Class 2A

Towson 5, Lackey 2

Class 1A

Rising Sun 6, Brunswick 2

St. Michael's vs. Southern-G, late

Today's games

(At Arundel)

Class 3A

LaPlata vs. Fallston, 4 p.m.

Class 2A

North Harford vs. Walkersville, 7 p.m.

State finals

(At Joe Cannon Stadium, Harmans)

Friday's game

Class 4A, 7 p.m.

Saturday's games

Class 1A, noon

Class 2A, 3:30 p.m.

Class 3A, 7 p.m.

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