Catonsville baseball hammers Hereford, 10-0, for sixth consecutive win

Catonsville earned its sixth straight victory Wednesday afternoon as Tim Birkmeyer pitched the Comets’ second two-hitter of the week in a 10-0 rout of visiting Hereford.

The win for the Comets (9-3 overall, 9-1 league) came two days after JD Klein tossed a two-hitter in a 7-3 triumph over Perry Hall.

Alex Issenock and Charles Paton got the only safeties for the Bulls (6-4), who were coming off a 10-3 victory over Dulaney on Monday.

Catonsville had beaten Dulaney last week, 9-5.

Birkmeyer retired eight of the final nine hitters after Paton’s single.

Left fielder Ryan Whittington ended the top of the fifth with a diving catch on the foul line.

“He (Birkmeyer) has come up big and I knew we talked in the off season and he said he was ready to go and I have faith in him,” Catonsville coach Rich Hambor said. “ He will do whatever we ask him to do.”

Asking him to pitch against Hereford was no problem.

“I was extra-pumped, especially today, because last year I had a really bad outing against them and I really wanted this game, as a pitcher, and a member of this team and we got the job done,” Birkmeyer said.

The game was scoreless until the Comets plated two runs in the second and exploded for five in the third.

Jeremy Davis led off the second with a single and advanced to second base one out later when Ryan Whittington beat out a bunt.

Scott Beautz drove home the first run on an infield single, and a wild pitch scored Whittington to make it 2-0.

With one out in the third, Klein singled and advanced when Davis was hit by a pitch and Danny Bruno walked to load the bases.

Consecutive walks from Whittington and Sheppard scored the first two runs of the inning and Jay Getzendanner’s two-run single and an outfield error produced the final three runs of the inning.

Catonsville ended the game because of the 10-run rule in the bottom of the fifth after a leadoff walk by Bruno, RBI triple from Whittington, run-scoring single from Sheppard and game-ending hit from Rob Wheelton, after a sacrifice bunt by Beautz.

“One thing I liked about today is we had a chance to put them away early and we did,” Hambor said. “These guys are a great hitting team. They just scored 10 runs against Dulaney on Monday. They can score in bunches so we wanted to get out of here.”

The celebration will be short-lived for the Comets because they play the Bulls at Hereford on Wednesday, May 1.

“We play them again up there next week and we know it’s going to be a tough game,” Hambor said. “They are going to be home and they are going to be ready to come after us.”

Hereford coach Todd Hartshorn just hopes his squad comes ready to play.

“We play these guys against next week so I told our guys, ‘remember how you feel when you are leaving the field today and be ready to play when we play next Wednesday,’” Hartshorn said. “You cannot show up and not have intensity against a good team because when they get up on you, you can’t crawl back.”

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