Mustangs Pull Upset

Cougars Hit Into Four Double Plays In First Loss Of '09

April 30, 2009|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Baltimore Sun

No. 5 C. Milton Wright used two big innings and four double plays to end No. 2 Fallston's dream of a perfect season with a 9-4 victory over the host Cougars in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference game Wednesday.

Fallston (14-1, 9-1) still needs one victory in its last two UCBAC games to clinch a division title.

C.M. Wright (12-5, 8-4) took charge early. The Mustangs scored three in the top of the first and added four more in the fourth for a 7-1 lead.

Starter Sam O'Hare went the distance, scattering nine hits, four of which came in the last two innings. The Mustangs helped him with double plays in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings.

"Anytime you get two outs on one pitch, it's good for you," C. Milton Wright coach Tony Blackburn said. "We've got good defense, especially up the middle."

The offense took pressure off O'Hare and the defense with the three-run first. Brad Markey got an RBI single, and Andrew Clow added a two-run double off starter John Manns.

Ronnie Zeberlein added a two-run double in the fourth, and the Mustangs got two more later that inning on an error for the 7-1 edge. Fallston uncharacteristically committed three errors in the inning.

Clow added an RBI double in the seventh, and Brian Dippel had a run-scoring single in that inning for the final two runs.

Fallston coach Joe Connolly said his team will move on.

"They're going to take this loss, and they're going to learn from it and they'll learn what they're made of," he said.

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