Senior twins Shouran Farasat and Shayan Farasat dominated on the mound and at the plate to lead Pikesville (4-4) to a 4-2 victory over host Lansdowne (8-2) in baseball action on Thursday.
Shayan Farasat hit a three-run home run and pitched the final 3 1/3 innings in relief of his brother to earn the save.
The duo combined to strike out nine Vikings and allowed only three hits.
Shouran Farasat went 3-for-3 and Kameron Brice added a run-scoring double for the winners.
Glen Hardesty pitched a complete game and allowed nine hits for the Vikings, who won their first eight games before dropping their past two.
Rob Sawyer had two hits for the Vikings.
Neither team scored in the first two innings and both defenses made heads-up defensive plays to prevent threats.
In the bottom of the first inning, Lansdowne’s Austin Tucker reached first on throwing error, but catcher Shayan Farasat backed up up the play and threw him out at second base.
“I pretty much back up every grounder with no one on, I just saw it sail and the first thing I was thinking was this guy is going to go, so I just grabbed the ball,” Farasat said.
Pikesville had a potential threat in the top of the second after a one-out single by Jared Rosen.
But, Rosen was thrown out at second base on a line drive to right field by Keith Brown.
In the bottom of the second, Sawyer singled and Brendan Llanes walked with no outs.
Shouran Farasat fanned the next two batters and third baseman Rosen made a nifty play on a sharp grounder down the line off the bat of Stevie Yarbor for the final out.
In the third inning the Panthers broke through with three runs on one swing of the bat.
Elliot Hastie drew a one-out walk and Shouran Farasat singled with two outs bringing his twin brother to the plate.
Shayan Farasat drilled a three-run home run over the left field fence on a breaking ball.
“In the innings before and in warmups, I saw he kept hanging the curve ball, so I was ready for that, but I was waiting fastball, but then I adjusted and just waited back a little bit and he hung it up,” he said.
“I left it up for him and he’s a big boy and he can hit,” Hardesty said.
It was the second round-tripper of the season for Farasat.
Lansdowne rallied to cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the fourth.
Austin Tucker walked, Sawyer singled and Llanes walked to load the bases with no outs.
Jacob Baney drove in courtesy runner Quinn Sims on a force out and Sawyer scored on a ground out to pitcher Shouran Farasat by Hardesty.
After the out, the starting pitcher was relieved by his twin brother and Shouran Hardest took over as the new catcher.
“We switched [as pitcher and catcher] one other time because he usually doesn’t catch, but it’s nice pitching to him,” Shayan Farasat said.
Farasat got Yarbor out on a liner to shortstop to end the inning.
Parkville added an insurance run in the sixth inning on a leadoff walk by Rosen and one-out run-scoring double by Brice.
Lansdowne threatened to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Baney’s drive to left field with home run distance was slightly foul.
“That’s kind of been the story of his season,” Lansdowne coach Jared Gish said. “He’s hitting the ball hard and it’s either right at them or just foul.”
Hardesty had a leadoff hit in the seventh, but he was stranded.
Shayan Farasat worked 3 1/3 innings and allowed one hit, while striking out three to earn the save.
“I threw a curve ball, change up and a knuckle ball,” he said.
His twin brother struck out six and walked three and allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings.
He also started the season opener against Lansdowne when the Vikings won 2-1 in nine innings.
“I think that’s probably the best pitcher we’ve faced this year,” Gish said of Shouran Farasat. “He hits the spots, he gets ahead, he throws hard and he throws his breaking ball well too.”
Pikesville coach Ryan Novak praised his entire team’s effort and the opponent.
“We really focus on the simple things, the mechanics, throwing and catching, I mean those things are huge,” Novak said. “We are really trying to get them to hustle and Lansdowne is a great team and we always seem to play them well, so I always love coming here and I love when they come to us. It seems like their play against us helps us elevate ours, which is nice.”
Despite back-to-back losses after eight straight triumphs, the Vikings aren’t ready to panic.
“I feel confident in my team, myself, all of us, we are a good team,” said Hardesty, who struck out four in the complete-game effort.
The losses could motivate them.
“It makes us want to keep working harder,” Hardesty said. “We believe we can [go to states]. We are a solid team.”
“I think the last two [losses] were a little humbling, so hopefully we’ll do a little harder work for the next couple of days,” said Gish, whose squad was playing its third game in three days.
The week opened for Lansdowne with a 9-5 victory over Sparrows Point, in a game where both teams were unbeaten at 7-0.
Yarbor earned the victory and Jerald Hurt shut the door in relief.
During the Vikings’ winning streak, they won four of their first six games by one run and three in extra-innings.
Gish has been impressed by the team’s ability to rally.
“We’ve had close games and they don’t quit,” Gish said. “We’ve been down sometimes and still battled back.”
The Vikings expect to get a bonus soon with the return of senior centerfielder and captain Luke Tucker.
Tucker had surgery on his finger before the season and just started practicing with the team.
“The doctor is giving him a tentative okay for the next week or two, so I told him today, you are supposed to have 10 days of practice so he was warming up with us so he started that today,” Gish said.