Going against the best, Dulaney comes up even

In tourney, Lions beat Watkins Mill after loss to Riverdale Baptist

Baseball

April 08, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Dulaney's baseball team deliberately put its marquee billing on the line yesterday at home in a three-team tournament, and the Lions distinguished themselves.

The No. 1-ranked Lions (6-1) split a doubleheader in a chilly drizzle losing, 14-10, to the Washington area's No. 1-ranked team, Riverdale Baptist (12-1), but bouncing back to rout defending state 4A champion Watkins Mill, the Washington area's No. 5 team, 10-0.

Senior right-hander Mike Clark (3-1) was the pitcher of the record in both games, losing in relief in the first game and hurling a three-hit shutout in the five-inning nightcap.

"We wanted to see how good we are, so we went out and got the best teams we could," said Dulaney coach Ron Audlin. "Riverdale is one of the best teams on the East Coast and Watkins Mill is the defending state champion."

University of Florida-bound first baseman Mike Sweeney launched a two-out homer in the bottom of the seventh over the hill in right field to give Riverdale Baptist a 4-3 win over Watkins Mill in the first game. Sweeney, a switch-hitter who had his Maryland-record consecutive-game hitting streak end a week ago at 42 in the Crusaders' only loss so far, (3-0 to North Caroline), delivered the winner from the left side, his sixth homer.

In its second game, Riverdale jumped out to a 4-0 lead on Dulaney in the second inning, but the Lions went up 6-4 in the third only to be tied at 6-6 in the fourth.

The Lions answered with four runs in the bottom of the inning to reclaim the lead at 10-6. Scott Headd, who caught both games and was 3-for-4 in the first game, singled in a run, and Clark (four RBIs) had a two-run single.

Joe Orville and Clark could not hold the Crusaders in the fifth as they tied the score at 10 on a two-run homer by Will Frazier, and took the lead for good, 11-10, on Joe Donahue's two-out double.

"Dulaney swung the bat well and we had to have a little rally at the end to win," said Riverdale coach Terry Terrill, whose team will play in tournaments in South Carolina and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The loss did not rattle the Lions or Clark, who eagerly wanted to redeem himself against Watkins Mill. "Mike [Clark] said he felt fine after his brief relief in the first game and was anxious to pitch against them," Audlin said.

Clark last lost to Watkins Mill in last year's 4A final, 3-2.

"It was sweet revenge," said Clark, who struck out seven and walked two on 90 pitches to get even with the Wolverines. "I had not pitched in 12 days and my arm felt good."

Clark got plenty of support. Trevor MacMeekin was 3-for-3 with two RBIs; Dave Gobeli had three RBIs on two hits, including a two-run homer; and the Lions got two hits each from Clark, Russ Frost and James Lewis.

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