Behind Vaught, Parkville cuts down Perry Hall, 4-1

Knights also benefit from 3 unearned runs

Baseball

April 24, 2004|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Parkville pitcher Andrew Vaught said he worked throughout last summer and earlier this spring to develop a reliable cutter, a fastball that breaks late. He was giving some details when coach Jeff Markle interrupted with a condensed version of the story.

"It has evolved," Markle said, laughing.

Perry Hall won't argue. Vaught befuddled the 12th-ranked Gators with a two-hitter, striking out eight, as host Parkville took advantage of three unearned runs to pull out a 4-1 victory in a Baltimore County 4A-3A League game yesterday.

The junior left-hander said he'd been having trouble with the cutter earlier this season, but Perry Hall (10-3, 6-2) had the problems yesterday. The Gators could not catch up with the cutter, hitting just four balls out of the infield.

"When I get confident, I feel like I can be the dominant person on the field," Vaught said

Vaught's only problems came in the first inning. Leadoff batter Ernie Lucas reached on a bunt single, and Ken Primeaux and Joe Palmer walks to load the bases with none out.

After opposing pitcher Buddy Breidenbaugh flied out to shallow right, Vince DiVenti hit a sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead.

That was it for Perry Hall as Vaught allowed just two runners in the final six innings.

He pitched a beautiful game," Markle said. "He's capable of doing that every game, and we needed it to give our bullpen a rest."

Parkville (8-3-1, 5-1) was playing its fourth game this week and had a tough time itself with Breidenbaugh. The right-hander allowed only five hits - two of them infield singles - and struck out five in six innings.

Fielding problems doomed the Gators.

An error set up two runs for Parkville in the first. Vaught drove in the first run with a double, and Shawn Baer's sacrifice fly scored the other.

Parkville made it 3-1 in the third when Bruce Lopez reached on an infield single and later scored on a throwing error.

The Knights then stretched it to 4-1 in the sixth when Matt Malczewski reached on a single and courtesy runner Andrew Brown eventually scored on a wild pitch - after a passed ball.

"[Vaught] out-pitched us, and we gave up three unearned runs," Perry Hall coach Elmer McCann said. "The difference is, they didn't make any errors and we did."

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