All-Metro pitcher Trevor MacMeekin said his chest was on fire. This was shortly after the Dulaney left-hander slid safely home underneath the catcher's glove, completing his two-run, sixth-inning home run against visiting Kenwood.
But whatever pain MacMeekin felt was eased by a glance at the scoreboard: His pitching and running efforts capped an 11-1 rout, via the 10-run rule, over visiting Kenwood (4-2).
"I looked up, saw them still chasing it, so I switched to third gear," said MacMeekin, also a two-time All-Metro kicker in football. "It wasn't a killer swing, but it felt good to connect like that. Winning by the 10-run rule, especially after pitching six innings, it's nice."
MacMeekin (2-0) used his curve and fastball to strike out eight batters with no walks. First-team All-City/County catcher Scott Headd anchored an error-free defense, throwing out two runners and batting 3-for-4 with four RBIs and a run scored. James Lewis and Nick Warner each contributed one hit and two RBIs, and Russell Frost had one hit and one RBI. Dave Gobeli had two RBIs.
"Our defense had no mental mistakes," said Headd. "Trevor's curve ball was up a bit, but he hit spots with his fastball. You make it easier on him when you get 11 runs."
Dulaney lost, 3-2, to Watkins Mill in its first-ever 4A state title game appearance last spring. The Lions play host on Saturday to Watkins Mill and Riverdale Baptist in a round-robin tournament.
"Saturday's going to be like the playoffs," MacMeekin said. "We don't have big heads about being No. 1, but we wanted to make a statement for the skeptics out there, especially from the private schools. We wanted to handle a team after being lucky on Monday."
Dulaney (5-0), which is ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history, edged Franklin, 4-3, on Monday, requiring Frost's seventh-inning single to score Headd for the game-winner.
"They [Franklin] were loud, obnoxious, but they couldn't get into our heads," said Gobeli. "A few errors almost got us. It was still too close. Today, Kenwood was never in the ballgame."
It was Kenwood's second straight loss. In Monday's 9-3 loss to Eastern Tech, Kenwood trailed, 3-2, after five. They wanted to make a statement against Dulaney.
"Dulaney's solid, top to bottom, but very beatable," said Kenwood coach Barry Richards. "We get some hits, we're in the game. I'm proud of my guys."