Damascus slips past Fallston for title, 3-2

Consuegra tops Akens as Hornets finish 21-0

Class 3A baseball final

May 31, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The difference between this year's No.1 teams in the Baltimore and Washington areas was an unearned run, as it decided yesterday's Class 3A state final at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, as Damascus edged Fallston, 3-2.

With the victory, the Swarmin' Hornets from Montgomery County won their second state title in three years and completed a 21-0 season.

As the ninth Maryland public school team to go undefeated in a state-title drive, Damascus denied the Cougars (21-2) their first and what would have been Harford County's sixth state championship.

In what was as well-pitched a game as is possible at this level, Corey Consuegra (7-0) got the best of Fallston's Phil Akens (8-1), with all the scoring coming in the first two innings.

Consuegra, who throws in the 83- to 85-mph range and is headed to Young Harris (Ga.) Community College as a middle infielder, threw 109 pitches, giving up three hits, walking three and striking out 12.

"Corey pitched a fantastic game and kept my guys off balance with his breaking ball, " said Fallston coach Rob Limpert, whose Cougars are the first team from Harford County to be ranked No.1 in The Sun poll and were 38-5 over the past two seasons.

"Not facing a lot of pitching like that during the season possibly had something to do with it, but I think he was just on."

Akens, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound right-hander who is expected to go between rounds five and 10 in the June amateur free-agent draft and will either sign for a pro career or pitch at Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Fla., gave up six hits, walked two and struck out six on 81 pitches.

Several scouts with radar guns behind home plate had Akens consistently at 88 to 91 mph, which is normal for him, but he gave up four of his hits in the first two innings as Damascus took its 3-2 lead.

Fallston took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Steve Little beat out a ground ball into the hole at short with one out and Matt Toomey walked. A throwing error to complete a tailor-made double play off the bat of Justin Collins scored Little.

Damascus answered with two runs in the bottom of the first. Kevin Flynn started things with a single, stole second and went to third on Corey Consuegra's single to left. Flynn then slid home on a delayed double steal, with Consuegra taking second as shortstop Little threw home late.

Brad Miller then took second as a courtesy runner for Consuegra and scored on a single to center by the pitcher's brother, sophomore second baseman Danny Consuegra. The Consuegra brothers had two hits each.

Chris Barello led off the Fallston second with a walk and two outs later got to third on Adam Vaught's double over the left fielder's head. A wild pitch with catcher Bryan Owens batting scored Barello to make it 2-2.

Akens got the first two outs in the bottom of the second, but Flynn reached on the usually reliable Collins' error at third. A double to left by Mac Mollet (son of coach Vic Mollet) sent Flynn streaking to the plate with what would be the winning run.

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