Late rally propels Mt. Hebron to 7-6 win

Wilde Lake had Vikings in 3-run hole after fifth


April 15, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron, winner of two of the past three county baseball titles, got a reality check at Wilde Lake yesterday.

The Vikings needed a clutch two-out, two-run single by Mike Michalski in the last inning to turn back a much-improved Wildecats squad, 7-6. Michalski had struck out three times before the base hit.

Mount Hebron (6-1, 4-1), tied for first place with Glenelg, trailed 6-3 after five innings, but rallied with two unearned runs in the sixth inning on a two-out infield throwing error.

Jeff Carr (2-0), who homered, singled and walked for Mount Hebron, pitched the final four innings and held Wilde Lake to two runs, one of them unearned, to earn the victory.

"Because we were playing Wilde Lake we were expecting a five-inning [10-run mercy rule] game," Carr said. "We didn't play like we normally play. Their starting pitcher [Ryan Schultheis] threw good."

Schultheis, who was 3-for-3 with a walk, deserved better. He threw five innings plus two batters and allowed five runs (one earned), four hits, struck out six and walked two.

"The top of the Mount Hebron batting order is certainly one I don't like to face," said Wilde Lake coach Don Storr. "Ryan and Tim Lima pitched well, but we donated four runs."

Lima, who doubled and singled, pitched the final three innings and struck out five batters while featuring a nice curveball.

But he hit the leadoff batter, Andrew Hoffner, in the seventh inning. With two out and a runner on second base, Wilde Lake intentionally walked Carr. Then Lima walked Jordan Moore on a 3-1 curveball, setting up Michalski's game-winning hit.

Mount Hebron, which struck out 11 times, had only seven hits, but benefited from five walks, a hit batter and four Wilde Lake errors.

Wilde Lake (2-5, 2-5), which was 4-17 last season, had 12 hits and four walks, but stranded 11 runners and failed to take full advantage of five Mount Hebron errors.

Danny Decker led off Wilde Lake's first inning with a home run. Lima singled and scored on two errors. A two-run double by Ryan Johnson in the third inning gave the Wildecats a 4-1 lead.

"They outplayed us in every aspect, and we were lucky to win," said Vikings coach Matt Forsyth. "They have some pitching that will win them some games. I'm glad this is he only time we play them."

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