No. 12 C.M. Wright collects 15 hits, routs Fallston, 14-7

Buckley goes 4-for-5 with 5 RBIs

Gustafson is 3-for-5 with 4 RBIs

High Schools

April 03, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

It hasn't taken long for C. Milton Wright's bats to warm up to the 2003 baseball season.

The 12th-ranked Mustangs pounded out 15 hits and broke the game open with a seven-run fifth inning, as they defeated No. 13 Fallston, 14-7, last night at Thomas Run Park on the campus of Harford Community College.

Senior right fielder Steve Buckley was 4-for-5 with 5 RBIs and senior first baseman Eric Gustafson was 3-for-5 and notched 4 RBIs for the Mustangs, who improved to 3-0 overall, all wins coming against Harford County opponents.

Fallston, last year's county champs, fell to 3-2 overall, 3-1 in the county.

"This was a huge win for us," said Mustangs manager Bryan Linz. "We hit the ball really well today. A couple of guys who haven't done that much really stepped up."

Buckley's double off Cougars starter Adam Barkey in the right center-field gap in the first inning brought home junior Caleb Cole and Gustafson and staked the Mustangs to a 4-0 lead.

The Cougars got two back off C. Milton Wright starter Mark Miller in the bottom of the first, before Buckley and junior shortstop Brian Ford smacked back-to-back homers with two outs in the third to give the Mustangs a 6-2 lead.

"He threw me two fastballs," said Buckley, who tucked his homer inside the left-field foul pole. "The first one I fouled off, the second one I obviously didn't."

The Cougars crept back into it, getting an RBI single in the bottom of the third from left fielder Sandy Welsch, who was 3-for-3.

Then, after a Buckley RBI single plated Cole in the top half of the fourth, Przybylski connected for a three-run home run to center field. The shot, which chased Miller and cut the Mustangs' lead to 7-6, was the second home run in as many days for the junior.

But Fallston lost momentum in the top of the fifth amid a series of miscues -- the Cougars had five errors for the game -- and Mustangs hits.

With left-hander Adam Canning on the mound for Fallston, Mark Flaherty, Keith Luber and Ryan Farrell hit consecutive singles. Cole then hit a sacrifice fly and John Thurston reached as his pop-up fell between a couple of Cougars.

Gustafson hit a two-run single, followed by a Buckley double, his fourth hit of the game. The Mustangs repeatedly took extra bases thanks to misplays in the Fallston outfield.

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