River Hill upends No. 7 Atholton

Hawks rough up ace Bach en route to 7-5 victory

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April 23, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

River Hill coach Rick Lloyd summed it up best after his visiting Hawks upset No. 7 Atholton and its ace Ed Bach, 7-5, in Howard County baseball yesterday.

"Both pitchers are better than the kind of day it was, wet conditions, heavy ball and all," said Lloyd, referring to the drizzle that put a damper on what was expected to be a superb pitching matchup.

River Hill's David Walters, who will pitch at Spartanburg (N.C.) Methodist next year, outlasted UMBC-bound Bach after each threw well over 100 pitches. The result left both pitchers at 5-1 and both teams at 7-4 in the Howard County League.

Walters went the distance on a seven-hitter with two strikeouts and four walks on 110 pitches. Atholton scored a run in each of the first three innings without a hit, taking advantage of two River Hill errors, and added two in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead.

Steve Lombardozzi, who doubled, scored on a triple by Bach, and David Grossman doubled in Bach to put the Raiders ahead in the fourth.

Walter's double tied the game in the top of the sixth and he scored on Austin Drewyer's third hit of the game that gave the Hawks (8-4) a 6-5 lead.

Bach, who pitched a 16-strikeout no-hitter at Centennial last week, said he "didn't have my best stuff or feel my strongest."

Bach gave up nine hits before being lifted for Dave Lanier after opening the top of the seventh with his fifth walk. Bach, who doesn't wear a jacket between innings because he says he "keeps warm on the bench," struck out seven and threw 141 pitches.

"Ed threw a lot, but he is pretty resilient and he kept telling me he felt OK and I trust him," said Raiders coach Kevin Kelly.

The Hawks had three two-run innings and added a run in the seventh on a double steal. With one out, the Raiders threw to second to try to get the lead runner in the first and third situation, allowing the seventh run to score.

The run became even bigger when pinch hitter Sampson Doyle doubled with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but Walters got David Briggs to ground to Jay Turen at short to end it.

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