Chesapeake grounded by Northeast's Spoone

Senior strikes out 14, allows only 2 balls hit into air in 4-2 victory

High Schools

April 15, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Chorye Spoone did it all yesterday in leading host Northeast to a 4-2 victory over Chesapeake in an Anne Arundel County baseball game at Harry Lentz Memorial Field in Pasadena.

Spoone, a 6-foot-1, 216-pound senior right-hander, overpowered the visiting Cougars (3-5) on a two-hitter with 14 strikeouts and allowed only two balls to be hit into the air. With the bat in his hands, he had two hits, including a homer, for the Eagles (5-3).

"That was the best pitching performance against us this year," Chesapeake coach Jim Simms said.

"We have a pretty good hitting ballclub and he shut us down. He's a player. He kept us off balance and struck out some of our better hitters. We had a couple kids who hadn't struck out this year, strike out twice today."

Throwing his fastball consistently in the mid 80s, Spoone, who walked three and hit two batters on 118 pitches, twice had four strikeouts in succession. He got everybody in the Cougars' lineup on strikes at least once except for ninth hitter Dan Plitt.

Plitt was the only Cougar to make an out in the air when he lined to right for the second out in the seventh. The only other ball the Cougars hit into the air was Chris Hurd's line single to center in the seventh.

"I had a good fastball and used a curveball, slider and changeup," said Spoone, an Eagles starter since 10th grade. "At times, I was just throwing it right by them."

Spoone hooked up in a pitchers' duel with Chesapeake senior Chris Retz, who didn't give up a hit or run until the fourth.

"Their kid threw a great game, too, but I'm not pleased with the way we played at all," said Northeast coach Larry Williams. "But I'm pleased with the way Chorye pitched. We needed it because we were flatter than a pancake."

Retz, who finished with a seven-hitter, three walks and two strikeouts, threw the ball into center field on a pickoff attempt at second base, enabling a runner to score from third.

In the home fifth, Spoone hit a fastball from Retz over the fence in left-center for a 2-0 lead.

Jake Bennett led off the bottom of the sixth with a double and scored on Tom Bayham's single. The Eagles added a run when Retz failed to catch a popup.

Spoone took a one-hit shutout bid and 4-0 lead into the seventh, the only hit a ground single to left by sophomore catcher Josh Ries with two outs in the third. In the seventh, Spoone gave up a one-out walk, followed by an error. Hurd then singled in a run and the second scored on a two-out wild pitch.

"I think I was overstriding in the last inning and trying to throw too hard," said Spoone, who ended the game by striking out Chesapeake's best hitter, Nick Bowen, for the second time.

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