By Craig Clary, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:10 PM EDT, April 18, 2013
Lansdowne strung together back-to-back big innings and relief pitcher Joey Kramer came to the rescue for the final four-plus innings to lift the host Vikings to a 13-7 victory over Pikesville Thursday afternoon.
Sam Warfield went 3-for-4 with four RBIs and Bryan Voyce and Markise Williams belted their first home runs of the season, as the Vikings improved to 6-2 against Baltimore County foes (6-4 overall).
Warfield singled home Brandon DeGrava (0-1, 3 walks, 4 stolen bases) for a run in the bottom of the first, but the Panthers tied it in the top of the second after Zack Greenberg (2-for-3, 2 runs) stroked a leadoff double and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyrell Smith (1-for-3, 2 RBIs).
Lansdowne responded with six unearned runs after two were out in the bottom of the second inning.
Mario Cellini singled to start the uprising and courtesy runner Chris Shek stole second base before Chris Busse walked and Williams flew out.
Ryan Miller reached on an error to load the bases and DeGrava and Brad Childress (2 RBIs) were hit on consecutive pitches for a 3-1 lead.
“We are trying to stress quality at bats and getting them on any way we can and moving them up and taking advantage of the other team’s mistakes,” Lansdowne coach Matt Kohel said. “In our wins, that is what we are doing.”
Warfield drilled drove home two more runs and, after another error, Tyler Crawford (2-for-4, triple) plated the sixth run.
“They helped me out a lot,” Warfield said. “I love when people are on base and I get the opportunity.”
His coach Kohel also likes the clutch hitting.
“We are getting big two-out RBIs over the last few games,” Kohel said.
Pikesville (3-3) trailed 7-1 in the top of the third, but responded with five runs in the top of the third inning.
“I told them you have to have confidence and nothing affects you,” Pikesville coach David Kopel said. “You have to put the stake in the ground and you don’t give up another five.”
Drew Stern (2-for-4, stolen base) singled and Seth Kopel walked with one out to start the uprising.
Mitch Goldstein (2-for-4) singled home a run and Zack Greenberg (2-for-3, double) loaded the bases with a hit before Sammy Hankoff delivered a bases-clearing double to make it 7-5.
One out later, Smith drove home Hankoff to cut the lead to one and he advanced to second on the throw home.
He was balked to third and Kohel replaced starting pitcher Anthony Abram with slightly-built southpaw Joey Kramer.
Four pitches later, with Evan Honig at the plate, Kramer and catcher Cellini teamed up for the most important play of the game.
The pitch went to the backstop and Cellini flipped to Kramer, who slapped a tag on Smith at the plate in a bang-bang play to preserve the one-run lead.
The floodgates opened in the bottom of the third inning when the Vikings tacked on five runs.
Williams and DeGrava had stolen bases in the inning.
Warfield plated a run with an infield single and Voyce drove home two more on his first varsity home run.
Kramer held the Panthers to just one run, while allowing three hits, walking two and striking out two, in the final 4 1/3 innings.
“He’s been doing that for two years,” Kohel said.
Williams turned on an inside fastball for a home run and the Vikings final run in the fourth inning.
Pikesville’s last tally came in the top of the seventh, after a single by Stern and double by Goldstein led to a bases loaded walk from Hankoff.