Perry Hall pulls upset in 4A North

Perry Hall 3 Dulaney 1


High Schools


Making only his third start of the season, converted catcher Jason Mattison threw a three-hitter for his first win as Perry Hall upset No. 15 Dulaney, 3-1, in the Class 4A North regional quarterfinals yesterday.

Perry Hall (12-9) visits Blake in Montgomery County for today's regional semifinals at 4.

Mattison (1-1) also had two hits, including a double and two RBIs.

"When Coach [Elmer McCann] told me he needed me to pitch, I was all for it," said Mattison, who also was the quarterback on the football team and led the Gators to a 10-0 regular season and the playoffs.

"I knew they were a real good hitting team, and I just wanted to get ahead [in the count] early."

Losing pitcher Rich McWilliams doubled in the only run off Mattison in the first inning.

The visiting Gators (12-9) lost twice in regular season to the Lions and were depleted by injuries and down to eight players late in the season. McCann called up players from the junior varsity and made Mattison a pitcher.

With three strikeouts and only one walk on 96 pitches yesterday, the junior right-hander retired the last seven Lions he faced.

"Yes, we've been hitting well the last couple weeks, but that kid pitched a heck of a game today," said Al Bumbry, the Dulaney co-coach with Carl Allender. "He hit his spots and location with his fastball, and they played well defensively."

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