Britton slugs No. 8 Atholton past No. 9 Franklin, 7-0

He has three hits, including long homer

Beers pitches six strong innings

March 22, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

As soon as the ball left his bat, Atholton's Kory Britton raised his hand in celebration as he trotted toward first base and watched the ball sail about 400 feet over the right-center-field fence.

Britton had three of the No. 8 Raiders' 10 hits in a 7-0 victory against No. 9 Franklin in Tuesday's season opener. Atholton's Paul Beers pitched six innings, allowing just two hits and striking out eight.

"I think we have a chance to be good, but you never know," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "I think Franklin is a pretty good team, but Paul Beers was very strong on the mound today and had them off balance. And we had some timely hitting. That's a pretty good recipe for winning some games."

Jake Yasenka also had two hits and two RBIs for Atholton. Even though the Raiders hosted the game, Franklin was considered the home team because it was a makeup from the previous day.

A couple of errors and an RBI single by Yasenka helped the Raiders open a 3-0 lead in the second. Britton increased the lead to four in the fifth when he took a 1-0 pitch opposite field for a home run. Atholton scored twice more in the inning on RBIs by Yasenka and Paul Burmester.

"The second I hit it, I knew it was going over," said Britton, who is considering Maryland and several junior colleges. "This was great that we came out with a shutout. Paul pitched great, and we made every play in the field. It was a great start."

That lead was all Beers needed as his mix of fastballs, curves and an occasional changeup kept the Franklin hitters locked down. The Towson-bound senior didn't give up a hit until the fifth inning and allowed just one walk and hit a batter.

"My curveball was on, and I can constantly throw it for a strike," Beers said. "I was surprised I went for six innings because I didn't know if I'd hold up. It was a good test."

Despite the loss, Franklin was encouraged by starting pitcher Josh Sherer's command and a lineup that features Joe Dorsey, who batted .538 last season and has signed with La Salle.

"I don't think we made enough plays to win the game," Franklin coach Tim Gordon said. "Tip your cap to them. I told the kids, win or lose this game, this wasn't going to define our season."

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Beers, Thews (7) and Gordon; Sherer, Pavsner (6) and Skaro. 2B: A—Beers. HR: A—Britton.

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