Eastern Tech gives up 10 runs in 4th in loss to Parkside

Mavericks give up 10 runs in fourth to Parkside

May 26, 2010|By Conor O'Neill, The Baltimore Sun

The Eastern Tech Mavericks saw Tuesday how fickle of a game baseball can be.

After scoring six runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Mavericks surrendered 10 runs in the bottom half of the fourth and lost a Class 2A state semifinal game against Parkside, 10-6, at Arundel.

Holding the Rams scoreless in the bottom of the sixth inning, Eastern Tech loaded the bases in the last frame before junior center fielder Nick McElfish's drive up the middle was handled by junior shortstop Tyler Illian, who then flipped to second for the final out.

"This might be the team that I'm most proud of, with all that they've been through," Mavericks coach Spike McElfish said after the game, referring to a number of injuries endured by the team during the season.

The floodgates opened in the top of the fourth inning for the Mavericks, who got a two-out, bases-loaded double from senior first baseman Randy Alexander.

In the bottom half of the inning, the first two Rams reached base on errors, which were the only fielding mistakes of the game for Eastern Tech.

The Rams followed that with an onslaught of singles, which at times were painful to watch for McElfish.

"It was painful to say the least in the fourth [inning]," McElfish said. "Today it just wasn't meant to be."

Tuesday's game marked the only time in McElfish's 10-year tenure at Eastern Tech that the Mavericks allowed 10 runs in one inning.

This season's appearance in the state semifinals was Eastern Tech's seventh trip in the past eight seasons.

Parkside will take on North Hagerstown at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ripken Stadium.


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