Kolarek, Davis lead Catonsville to Fallston tourney title

Baseball

April 16, 2006|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,SUN REPORTER

Outstanding left-handed high school pitchers are usually at a minimum, but No. 6 Catonsville has two. And junior Adam Kolarek and senior Neal Davis put on a show in Harford County yesterday, leading the Comets to two wins and the championship of the Fallston Tournament.

After Kolarek threw a two-hitter with 15 strikeouts and three walks over six innings to beat Perry Hall, 4-1, Davis stymied the host and No. 10 Cougars, 8-2, on a four-hitter with 10 strikeouts and three walks in the final.

Kolarek went 4-for-4 in the final with two homers and five RBIs to finish the doubleheader 6-for-7. He also had a double in each game, and Chris Smith, who closed the Perry Hall win, had three doubles for the Comets (8-2) in the final.

Fallston (8-4) had advanced with a 14-4 rout of Long Reach behind winning pitcher Garrett Weinhold, who had three hits, including a triple.

"That was the best Adam has hit the ball all year," Comets coach Rich Hambor said of his lefty, who is batting .559 with three homers and 10 RBIs and is 2-1 on the mound.

"We didn't play all week, and Adam took a lot of extra batting practice on his own just as Davis did a lot of running on his own."

The 6-foot-6 Davis (3-0), who has a scholarship to Virginia and likely will be selected in the June amateur draft, pretty much dominated the Cougars through six innings as his team built an 8-0 lead.

"Davis has great stuff and composure," Fallston coach Mark Puckett said. "He's the whole package, and we don't see people like that. I think we felt a little overmatched."

Davis stopped using his windup in the first inning and pitched out of a set whether runners were on or not the rest of the way because "the mound was too low with a big hole in front, so I had to adjust."

After throwing two ground-ball outs to start the bottom of the seventh, Davis gave up a walk and two singles that would lead to his first two earned runs of the season, ending a string of 28 1/3 innings without one. Billy Sipes came on for Davis to get the final out.

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