T. Johnson makes short work of High Point

Patriots' offense captures 3rd crown on 10-run rule

Class 4A state baseball

High schools

May 25, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Sophomore left-hander Will Delawter twirled a two-hitter yesterday, and his teammates supported him with a 12-hit attack as Thomas Johnson of Frederick rolled to the Class 4A state baseball title at Joe Cannon Stadium by 13-3 over Prince George's High Point.

Delawter (6-1) struck out two and walked two in five innings as the game ended by the 10-run rule with the Patriots (17-10) scoring four in the bottom of the fifth.

Eight of the Patriots' nine starters had at least one hit; Kenny Hammond, Garrett Hanselman, Lowell Coats and Andrew McClung had two each.

It was Thomas Johnson's third state championship, the second under coach Jim Foit. The Patriots started the playoffs with an 11-10 record and won six straight to finish on an eight-game run.

"We thought we had a good club, but we went through a period where we started questioning what we had," Foit said. "But everything just clicked at the end."

Freshman left-hander Mike Cholet went 4-0 as a late-season JV call-up by posting wins over then-No. 1 Old Mill in the Class 4A East Region and over Damascus in the state semifinals.

High Point (20-3), the first Prince George's team to play in a state final since it did so in 1990, lost its third championship game appearance.

Chris Matheson (10-3), who has 30 career wins but was starting on two days' rest, suffered the loss as he was knocked out in the third inning. He was relieved by Travis Wiseman, but then he replaced Wiseman in the fifth as the game ended.

Joel Gonzalez tripled in a run and Abu Kondeh hit an inside-the-park home run in the fifth for Eagles.

HP 200 01 - 3 2 4

TJ 332 14 - 13 12 1

Matheson, Wiseman (3), Matheson(5) and Gonzalez; Delawter and Hayes. 2B: TJ-A. Hanselman, G. Hanselman; 3B: HP-Gonzalez. HR: HP-Kondeh.

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