Loch Raven tops Dulaney in duel

Heller outpitches Gentry

Raiders stay undefeated in county

Baseball No. 15 Loch Raven 1 Dulaney 0

April 24, 2008|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

Loch Raven senior Jordan Heller out-dueled Dulaney sophomore Tim Gentry yesterday, and the Raiders defeated the Lions, 1-0, to remain undefeated in Division II of the Baltimore County baseball league.

Austin Amrhein, a transfer from Archbishop Curley, drove in Mike Coarts on a fielder's choice with one out in the bottom of the sixth for the lone run.

No. 15 Loch Raven (10-1 overall) improved its county record to 5-0 and dropped the visiting Lions (8-5) to 3-2 in the league.

Heller (4-1) gave up a single in each of the first five innings before holding the Lions hitless the last two. The right-hander was aided by two double plays and the Raiders' first errorless game of the season.

Heller threw a complete game, striking out six, walking four and hitting a batter on 107 pitches. Throwing a two-seam fastball, a nasty curveball, a slider and a knuckleball, Heller stranded seven Lions, including two in the last inning.

"I like the pressure and I knew I had the team behind me, so I knew I just could get it over the plate, let them hit and they made the plays for me," Heller said.

In six innings, right-hander Gentry (3-2) held the Raiders to a pair of doubles, struck out two and walked two on only 67 pitches.

Going into the bottom of the sixth, Gentry had retired eight Raiders in a row, but walked leadoff man Coarts on four pitches.

"Timmy is growing before our eyes. It's amazing, every game he gets better, but he made one little mistake walking the leadoff hitter, " Dulaney coach Pete Sykes said.

"It came back to be the winning run. But he will learn from it and it probably won't happen again the next two years."

Following the walk, Heller reached on an error and the runners moved to second and third on a wild pitch. After Andrew Welch grounded to shortstop Alex Frederick for an out with no one advancing, Amrhein hit a shot up the middle off Gentry's glove.

Frederick, who has not made an error all season and handled six ground balls flawlessly yesterday, reversed his direction from left to right and made a spectacular barehanded grab. Throwing from his knees, Frederick, play next year at UNC-Greensboro, got Amrhein at first as Coarts scored.

The exceptional play saved a run, but to no avail.

"We're playing good baseball," Raiders coach John Railey said. "For the first time in a long time, we've got guys coming through [the program] who are baseball players. That is a beautiful thing."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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