Boys' Latin enjoys spotlight of President's Cup

Lakers erupt for 13 runs as Mervo shows signs of rust in 13-2 loss

April 09, 2011|By Jeff Seidel, Special to The Baltimore Sun

The Boys' Latin baseball team enjoyed getting picked to participate in the inaugural President's Cup tournament because it gave the players a chance to play a on bigger stage. Mike Gillespie made sure the Lakers' first performance earned some good reviews.

Gillespie started and struck out seven in two innings of work in the first-round game on Saturday. He also had four RBIs — three of which came on a bases-loaded double — and scored three runs as Boys' Latin routed Mervo, 13-2, in a five-inning game at Johns Hopkins.

The Lakers will play No. 12 Mount St. Joseph in a semifinal next Saturday at 9 a.m. at Swann Park. A victory would earn Boys' Latin (4-6) a spot in the championship game at Oriole Park at 1 p.m. that day.

City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young wanted to use baseball to bring together high school kids who wouldn't normally compete, and the Lakers certainly liked being a part of this tournament.

"We're known [at Boys' Latin] for other things," said Boys' Latin coach Bill Greenwell. "We looked forward to playing. It's nice to get in the limelight."

Gillespie certainly shined. The junior right-hander struck out four in the first inning — one batter reached due to a wild pitch on the third strike. He then struck out the side in the second.

Gillespie went 1-for-2 with four RBIs. He drew a bases-loaded walk in the second, and his three-run double sparked a six-run fifth inning that ended the game early. Gillespie also reached on an error in the first inning and later scored.

Not a bad way to celebrate your 17th birthday.

"It was really nice," Gillespie said. "[The tournament] gives you a good experience. It brings baseball to the spotlight in a lacrosse state."

The rains of the early spring have hurt Mervo, as coach Bernie White said his team's had six rainouts and only been on the field a handful of times — even for practice.

The rust showed when Mervo's two errors helped the Lakers score three runs without a hit in the top of the first. In the second inning, Mervo starter Denard Davis walked two, threw two wild pitches and hit another as Boys' Latin scored twice more to make it 5-0.

Davis lined a two-run double to right-center to make it 5-2 in the third. But that was Mervo's only hit, and the Lakers added two in the fourth and the final six in the fifth.

"We were very excited about playing the game," White said. "But we just made a lot of mistakes in the first two innings, and that hurt."

President's Cup

First Round

(at Johns Hopkins)

BL 320 26-- 13 8 0

M 002 00-- 2 1 4

Gillespie, Cohen (3), Reid (4), Lillie (5) and Yablon, Barnard (5); D. Davis, Murray (5) and Fletcher. 2B: B- Gillespie; M- D. Davis.

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