Despite 25-0 loss to Gilman, Douglass makes impression at President's Cup

Greyhounds come away impressed by Ducks' effort; Mount St. Joseph tops St. Frances, 10-0

April 09, 2011|By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun

Douglass shortstop Brandon Sampson had a wonderful day at the President's Cup. He went 2-for-3 and stole three bases. And when the game was over, Sampson and his teammates were smiling.

If you hadn't just seen them lose, 25-0, in five innings to No. 3 Gilman at Medfield Heights Elementary in the first round of the baseball tournament that matches Baltimore city public and private schools for the first time in at least 20 years, you would have thought they had won.

That's the kind of day it was. City schools — Douglass, Dunbar and Mervo — all lost Saturday afternoon, which means it will be all Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association Schools in Saturday's semifinals and championship. But despite some lopsided scores, the players on both sides said they enjoyed playing, learned some valuable lessons and look forward to playing again next year.

"Besides the fact we got beat, it was a fun game," said Sampson, a senior. "I talked to a couple of their guys, and it was a good experience. It was great playing against Cal Ripken's son and showing him we can do some things."

Sampson, who took pride in his team's turning a double play to end the third inning, also enjoyed meeting Ripken, a Gilman assistant coach. "It was a real good experience shaking his hand," he said. "You know, we learned from this. We learned not to put our head down."

In the bottom of the first inning, Gilman sent 18 batters to the plate and gave winning pitcher Gavin Sheets a 13-0 lead. Through it all, Douglass kept trying, and the Gilman players showed respect for their opponents.

Gilman left fielder Andrew Burton, a junior who scored four runs and went 4-for-4 with a triple, said his team enjoyed the chance to play and sympathized with Douglass' struggles.

"I hadn't been going to the plate much before today," Burton said. "I'm just getting back to being hot. They seem like they had a difficult time pitching with the cold, but they never stopped competing through the entire game."

Finding commonality between the public and private teams was a goal of the tournament's creator, City Council president Bernard C. "Jack" Young. In that regard, the event appears to be reaching its goals.

"Even though we lost, it was a good game," Douglass first baseman Angelo Perez said. "I had fun and wish those guys who beat us good luck."

No. 12 Mount St. Joseph 10, St. Frances 0, 5 inn.: The Gaels' Steve Hostutler threw a one-hitter in the President's Cup opener.

Still, Hostutler couldn't help feeling a little disappointment at the outcome. He had a perfect game bid going into the final inning, when Panthers designated hitter Matthew Cole singled.

"I've never had that kind of game before," Hostutler said. "It was a once-in-a-lifetime thing. I just threw strikes — fastballs, mostly — to make them play, and my fielders helped me out."

St. Frances coach Brian Boles said his team had one bad inning — the second, in which the Gaels scored nine runs — and Mount St. Joseph capitalized on his team's mistakes, "as they should have."

"I'm not upset by the way we played," Boles said. "I'm glad we had the opportunity and look forward to next year."

sandra.mckee@baltsun.com

The President's Cup

SATURDAY

Semifinals: 9 a.m.

Gilman vs. Friends at Mount St. Joseph

Mount St. Joseph vs. Boys' Latin at Swann Park

Final: 1 p.m. at Camden Yards

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