This time, Catonsville drives Towson away

Avenging '00 playoff loss, George gets 2-hitter, 14-1


High Schools

May 01, 2001|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Tom George waited nearly a year to avenge last spring's extra-inning playoff loss to the Towson baseball team, which continued on to win its first Class 2A state title.

Yesterday, the Catonsville High senior got his wish, taking full advantage with his bat and pitching arm, and relished a 14-1 victory in five inning over the visiting Generals in a Baltimore County 2A-1A game.

George struck out eight against four walks and two hits, moving his record to 4-0. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a triple, an RBI, a steal and three runs scored.

George, whose two-run homer beat Lansdowne, 4-2, last week, got excellent defense as the team erred just once. It ended the game with a crisp double play started by George's catch and throw to the shortstop.

"We thought this would be our toughest game, but we came in here and beat them," George said of Towson, which fell to 9-2. "It's nice to beat them by this many runs after losing to them the way we did last year."

It was the third five-inning mercy-rule victory for No. 15 Catonville (11-1), which scored at least 10 runs for the seventh time this season. The team has won 11 straight since a season-opening 3-2 loss to No. 13 North Carroll.

Scott Clipp was 2-for-3 with four RBIs, two runs scored and a steal; Sean Smith was 3-for-3 with a steal and two runs scored; Tim Sparhawk (2-for-3) scored twice, had an RBI and a steal; and both John Wilson and Jason Perry went 1-for-2 with an RBI and a run scored.

"After losing to North Carroll, we took one game at a time," Clipp said. "Overlea was big, Hereford was big, but this is the one we had circled because of the revenge factor."

In addition to its depth at the plate, Catonsville has a nice pitching rotation of right-handers: Justin Davis (3-1, with a save); Steve Johnson (3-0); and Adam Kalafas (1-0). Davis will get the nod tomorrow at No. 2 Dulaney, last spring's Class 4A state runner-up, in what should be the Comets' biggest test of the regular season. Dulaney rocked Davis, then a sophomore, last season.

"They put a pretty good whupping on us is all I remember," said Comets coach Doug Campbell. "But Davis feels a lot better about himself. It'll be about pride. It'll be fun."

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