Towson dethrones Walkersville

Generals rally for lead, hold on for 7-5 victory

Class 2A baseball final

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

Towson overcame a second-inning three-run deficit with seven unanswered runs and hung on for a 7-5 Class 2A state championship victory over defending champion Walkersville of Frederick County at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans last night.

Mike Williams (9-0, one save) got the win, yielding five hits and seven walks with five strikeouts. He was relieved by Andre Gardner with one out in the seventh and Gardner struck out the last batter.

Kelly Lange (3-for-4, one RBI) and Ryan Valeri (2-for-3, two RBIs) led an 11-hit attack for No.12 Towson (19-4), which won all four of its North Region games in extra innings en route to earning its first state title berth.

Towson's title is the 13th for Baltimore County.

Towson was the most unlikely champion going against a Walkersville program with statewide respect. In addition, top-ranked Fallston (22-2), favored to win the Class 3A state championship, lost, 3-2, to Damascus (20-0) of Montgomery County.

"They have a really good team and they spread their hitting through the lineup very well, but the way our team pulled together, especially the last couple weeks and the way my defense held me up, is an incredible feeling," Williams said. "After Fallston and Dulaney lost, we were afraid bad luck would catch up with us."

Down 3-0 with one out in the third inning, the Generals got four straight hits from Jim Lundquist (single), Williams (double), Jon Karsos (bunt) and Jared Satterfield (double).

Karsos and Satterfield batted in runs and Gardner's sacrifice fly to right, followed by Lange's bloop single, put Towson up 4-3.

Gardner doubled in the fifth and his pinch runner, Steve Pjura, made it 5-3 on Lange's single. Consecutive doubles by Neil Koch and Valeri, the latter scoring two runs, gave Towson a 7-3 lead.

Walkersville (20-3) had taken a 3-0 lead on hits by sophomore Alex Dube and Derek Krantz. Dube singled in a run and Krantz roped a two-run homer to left.

But the Generals chased sophomore left-hander Mike Mullinix in the fifth inning after he yielded three straight hits.

The Generals earned their second appearance in the state final four with eight-inning victories over Hereford and Catonsville by 5-4 and 5-3 respectively, followed by a 9-8 region semifinal win over Overlea in nine innings.

Towson then went eight innings to outlast Lansdowne, 7-3, in the 2A North final, to advance to the state semis for the first time since 1990.

The Generals upended Lackey, 5-2, in the state semifinals and went on to bring Baltimore County its first state title since Perry Hall won the 4A crown in 1994.

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