Hoskins finishes off hit parade by connecting for E. Tech win

RBI single, his first hit and game's 30th, caps rally over No. 7 Parkville, 8-7

Baseball

April 03, 2003|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,SUN STAFF

Eastern Tech first baseman Dan Hoskins had only one of the 30 hits that were amassed yesterday between his Mavericks and seventh-ranked Parkville, but the senior made it count.

Eastern Tech strung together four singles in the bottom of the seventh inning. The last came from Hoskins, scoring Joe Davenport for the game-winning run and capping a rally that defeated the Knights, 8-7, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A league matchup of unbeaten teams.

"That's only my second hit of the season, and it's about time," said Hoskins, who had gone 0-for-3 with a walk in his previous at-bats. "It was a curveball, low and to the sweet spot. Last year, I hit .500, but I've been struggling all year. It was just my turn, and nothing feels better than to come through."

Sophomore left-hander Gerard Sokolis got the win after replacing starter Sam Ashton during a five-run fourth inning by the Knights (2-1 overall, 0-1 league), who took a 7-2 lead.

But Parkville, which had 13 hits, also had 12 errors - three of those led to Eastern Tech's next three runs, pulling the Mavericks (3-0, 2-0) to within 7-5 with two outs in the fifth.

A run-scoring triple by the Mavericks' Kenny Miller (3-for-5) later that inning reduced the margin to 7-6. Sokolis then tied the score in the seventh with a single that drove in Chase Barnes (3-for-4).

"My first at-bat didn't go well, but when I got up again, I knew I'd get a hit," said Sokolis, who gave up a two-run single among his three hits. He also struck out four of the 13 batters he faced. "I was ready to pitch and Coach [Spike McElfish] told me to get in there, settle down and do the best I can do."

Davenport (3-for-5), Vince Stella (2-for-4), Bryan Moffa (2-for-4), Zach Cody and Lonnie Cellini all had hits for Eastern Tech.

Dan Brown and Orlando Stevenson each went 4-for-4 for Parkville. Brown scored twice and had an RBI, and Stevenson scored once and had two run-scoring doubles.

The Knights' Michael Hodges (2-for-4) had a run-scoring double and scored twice, and teammate Josh Price (2-for-3, with a walk) had a triple and scored once. Starter Justin Griffith, who took the loss, had a two-run single.

"We figured both teams were going to bring their sticks, and that whoever hit the ball the most was going to win," said Parkville coach Jeff Markle. "We're a better ballclub than this, but you don't deserve to win when you give up 12 errors."

Griffith, whose fastball was clocked as high as 85 mph, is 0-for-3 lifetime as a pitcher against Eastern Tech.

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