Wright gets past N. Harford

Jefferson goes distance for 3rd win, strikes out 8, homers in 7-6 triumph

Baseball

High Schools

April 16, 2002|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Rolling around on a blanket in an outfit with "Uncle Kyle" on his back, four-month-old Noah Lee was oblivious to the game his uncle, Kyle Jefferson, was having. But it was something to drool over.

The C. Milton Wright senior went the distance for his third win in as many starts, striking out eight batters against nine hits and a walk in a 7-6 win over visiting Harford County League rival North Harford.

Jefferson helped himself with a second-inning, bases-empty home run. Catcher Caleb Cole had three RBIs, including a sixth-inning two-run double that put the Mustangs up, 7-4.

As part of a defense that errored just once, Cole made a fifth-inning tag at home plate, called the pitch that led to Jefferson's last strikeout in the seventh inning and subsequently threw out a runner trying to steal second base to end the game.

"They hit the ball today. I had trouble with my curveball, and they sat on fastballs and took me deep," Jefferson said. "But that last time, Caleb called fastball and he went for it. If he gets on, it's a different ball game."

Already having given up a seventh-inning, two-run home run to Jake Greene (3-for-4), Jefferson faced Justin Quinn, who had tripled before scoring to give North Harford its final lead, 3-2, in the second inning. But he struck out Quinn swinging at a high fastball, and Cole threw out the runner trying to steal second base.

Jefferson got offensive support from Pat Barberry, whose fourth-inning two-run triple gave C. Milton Wright (8-4 overall, 7-2 league) a permanent lead at 4-3. Also playing well were Larry Carroll (2-for-3, two runs scored), Keith Luber (1-for-3, one RBI) and first baseman Eric Gustafson, who doubled and threw out the runner at home.

"Our defense was great today," said Cole, whose team errored several times in a 7-5 loss at North Harford last week. "We've switched people around and it's where they're comfortable now."

J.T. Maguire (3-for-4) scored twice and had an RBI, and Jason Karmann doubled for North Harford (7-3, 5-3).

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