Roberts' three-hit shutout advances C.M. Wright, 2-0

Urbana has no answers

other game is postponed

Class 3A state baseball semifinals

High Schools

May 26, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

C. Milton Wright pitcher Mike Roberts said it wasn't his best performance of the season, but it was his most important.

The junior left-hander threw a three-hit shutout in beating Urbana, 2-0, in the Class 3A state semifinals yesterday at Joe Cannon Stadium to advance the Mustangs to their first state championship game Saturday night.

Yesterday's second 3A game between Centennial and Leonardtown was postponed by thunderstorms and rescheduled for at 5:30 p.m. today at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Roberts' big-bending curveball combined with an 80 mph fastball were enough to stifle Urbana's bats. He pitched a complete game, striking out seven and walking three.

His biggest challenge came in the fourth inning when Urbana had runners at second and third with one out. He struck out the next two batters.

"I figured I could strike them out," said Roberts, whose second-biggest win came against Bel Air in the regional semifinals. "I wasn't going to let them hit it."

C. Milton Wright (17-5) was unable to score off Urbana's starting pitcher, C.J. Bliffin, who threw the first four innings before running out of pitching eligibility.

The Hawks (10-15) brought in Steven Smith for the fifth inning, and C. Milton Wright scored on a single by Steve Flaherty and a two-out RBI single by Caleb Cole.

The Mustangs added a run in the sixth on a double by Ryan Farrell and a sacrifice fly by Brian Ford. Farrell hit two doubles.

"We have a lot of experience and a lot of pitching," said Mustangs coach Bryan Linz.

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