C.M. Wright wins it in eight, 14-13

Baseball

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April 11, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

In German, his last name means "fast." It was at that speed that Chris Schnell worked in showing his value to C. Milton Wright's baseball team after spending most of yesterday's game on the bench.

The junior tied the score in the seventh inning with a run-scoring double down the first base line, then won it, 14-13, with a bases-loaded single in the eighth to lift the Mustangs over visiting Joppatowne.

The victory kept C. Milton Wright (6-3, 5-1 Harford County League) in at least a first-place tie with North Harford, against whom the Mustangs will complete an unfinished game today on the road. The game resumes in the fourth inning with North Harford leading 5-2.

C. Milton Wright trailed 11-5 before Pat Barberry (3-for-4, two RBIs) capped its seven-run sixth inning with a single that put the Mustangs ahead. In the top of the seventh, however, Jeff Bates (2-for-3) tied the score again at 12 with a run-scoring triple, and later stole home to put the Mariners (4-4, 3-3) back in front.

"Both teams were fighting hard to the end," Bates said. "But I thought our final lead would be enough."

But that's when Mustangs coach Joe Oswald substituted Schnell for freshman Ryan Farrell, who had an RBI single during the Mustangs' seven-run rally. "We played [Farrell] to give him a baptism of fire, but when Chris saw that, he got fired up," Oswald said.

Schnell smacked the game-winning hit - a fastball, low and inside - to deep left field.

"I was pumped up. My nerves were going. I knew my team needed something. I waited for the right pitch and they gave it to me," Schnell said. "I guess everything happens for a reason. Our team was sloppy early, but we finished strong."

Winning pitcher John Thurston (1-2) helped himself by going 3-for-3 at the plate, with a double and three RBIs. The Mustangs' Kyle Jefferson had a double and scored twice, and teammates Caleb Cole (3-for-4, three runs scored) and Brian Kelly (1-for-5, two RBIs) also fared well.

Joppatowne's Austen Hawkey was 2-for-5 with three RBIs, including a two-run home run. Teammates Ryan Spann (two RBIs, one triple), Mike D'Amico (one double) and Ryan Davis (one double) all went 2-for-4.

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