Mount Hebron pounds Hammond, 15-10

No. 9 Vikings erase 6-0 deficit on 12 hits, Cooke's 3 2/3 innings of strong relief


High Schools

April 20, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Kevin Cooke of Mount Hebron found a new superstition yesterday.

The junior right-hander got his first chance to pitch this season, but he had one slight problem - he forgot his belt.

He battled past it, however, repeatedly tucking in his shirttail while pitching 3 2/3 innings in relief and allowing one run and three hits against host Hammond.

Cooke picked up the victory, as the No. 9 Vikings rallied from a six-run deficit to win, 15-10.

"I don't think I'm ever wearing a belt again," said the superstitious three-sport athlete, who relied mainly on fastballs with an occasional changeup and curveball mixed in.

Cooke was upset before the game because the team's "lucky" bus driver didn't drive them to yesterday's game.

"We had the same guy drive us to our first seven games and we won all seven," Cooke said. "Then he didn't drive us to our eighth game and we lost."

He was also worried before the game because their only loss came when the Vikings were occupying the third-base dugout for the first time all season, and the Vikings had the third-base dugout again yesterday for the second time this season.

"We broke a couple of jinxes today," Cooke said.

Vikings coach Matt Forsyth said: "It's funny the superstitions baseball players have. Kevin threw out the socks he wore during our only loss."

Mount Hebron's hitting probably had more to do with the victory than superstitions.

The Vikings (9-1, 6-1 Howard County) pounded 12 hits, including a three-run home run and an RBI single by Andrew Hoffner, a two-run double and an RBI single by Jeff Carr, and a two-run single and a one-run single by Cooke. Tony Cipro also hit a two-run single.

Hammond (4-4, 3-3) led 6-0 after two innings and appeared in control, as starting pitcher Nick Purdy didn't allow a hit and struck out four.

But Purdy began losing the plate in the third inning and allowed a run. Then, he walked the first three batters in the fourth inning, setting the table for a five-run inning by the Vikings.

"Purdy had a good curve, but had trouble locating his fastball," said Bears coach Mike Lerner. "I probably left him in too long, but you tend to try and ride your No. 1 pitcher. Mount Hebron is the best hitting club we've faced so far."

Mount Hebron added four runs in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth.

It's the fourth time this season Mount Hebron has scored 15 runs. It's also the eighth time in nine victories the Vikings have come from behind to win.

"We also now have seven different pitchers that have a win," Forsyth said.

No. 10 Fallston 13, North Harford 3: The Cougars pounded out 13 hits, highlighted by Fred Dimpfel's three-run home run in the second inning, in downing the visiting Hawks in a game that ended in five innings because of the 10-run mercy rule.

Fallston improved to 10-2 overall and 4-2 in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference. North Harford fell to 5-4 and 2-4.

Girls lacrosse

Glenelg Country 15, Chapelgate 5: Courtney Hoke, Bea Mok and Abbe Sandler scored three goals apiece to pace the visiting Dragons to an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland C Conference win in Marriottsville.

Erica Tempchin contributed a goal and two assists as reigning conference champion Glenelg Country (5-1, 3-0) responded to a 1-0 deficit with seven unanswered goals in a span of 11 minutes, 59 seconds.

"We just wanted to get it back and set the tone," said Hoke, whose game-tying goal 2:21 into the game kick-started the Dragons. "We follow each other's example. Once someone starts the scoring, everyone does it."

Jessica Wybenga scored three goals, and Emma Klein added two goals and an assist for the Yellow Jackets (4-3, 2-2).

Sun staff writers Edward Lee and Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.

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