Behind pitcher Markey, C.Milton Wright wins first crown, 4-1

May 29, 2010|By Rich Scherr | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Riding a pitching staff that ranks among the stingiest in metro area baseball history, top-ranked C. Milton Wright has become proficient this season at putting up zeroes. In Saturday's Class 3A state final, however, the Mustangs erased a zero from the program's record book.

Senior Brad Markey pitched a complete-game five-hitter, striking out seven as the Mustangs topped Huntingtown of Calvert County, 4-1, at Ripken Stadium, to earn its first state title in six tries.

C.M. Wright (23-0) is the only metro-area team to claim a state baseball title this season.

Much of the credit for the Mustangs' milestone goes to Markey (8-0), a 5-foot-10 right-hander who will continue his career next season at nationally ranked Georgia Tech. Markey breezed through the first five innings while facing just one over the minimum, and encountered his only trouble in the sixth. He saw his ERA rise to 0.58.

Markey held down Huntingtown (21-5), which had scored double-digits in runs 14 times this season, outscoring its playoff opponents 41-5.

He got all the support he needed in the first three innings.

In the first, Colt Hancock reached on a throwing error, stole second, took third on a passed ball and scored when Markey grounded to second and reached when the throw pulled first baseman Spencer Wolfe off the bag.

The Mustangs took further advantage of Huntingtown's miscues in the third, loading the bases on a pair of singles and an error before catcher Andrew Clow's RBI infield single. Ryan Corn followed two batters later with a sacrifice bunt to first, scoring Andrew Gilley to make it 3-0.

Leading 4-0, Markey escaped a jam in the sixth when, following three straight singles, a relay by shortstop Gilley cut down Joe Karbowsky at third to end the inning.

C.M. Wright, which had defeated the Hurricanes earlier this season, 3-2, finished the year with 12 shutouts, eclipsing a 36-year-old state record set by Franklin.

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