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Perry Hall gets over early hump to top unbeaten year with 4A title HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL


FREDERICK -- The first inning was a little ugly for Perry Hall. Second baseman Jeff Burrows let a ground ball go through his legs that scored a run, and third baseman Craig Bevans dropped a foul pop-up.

But the Gators didn't panic.

After all, they were unbeaten and the favorites to win the state Class 4A baseball championship.

That they did, and in relatively easy fashion, as right-hander Dan Brown stopped Gaithersburg on two hits, allowing only the first-inning run, for a 7-1 victory at McCurdy Field Saturday night.

Brown, who transferred from Gilman as a junior, walked two and was in command once he started getting his curveball over the plate.

The win completed a 21-0 season for the Gators and gave them their second 4A championship in three years. It is also the second unbeaten season in three years for Perry Hall, which is 58-3 during that span.

Perry Hall overcame the 1-0 lead with six runs in the bottom of the second inning on four hits. The key hit was a bases-loaded single up the middle by Bob Trzeciak that scored two runs and knocked out Gaithersburg starter Bill Demory, who had walked three in the inning.

Perry Hall coach Larry Butts said he began to relax when Brown (10-0) started throwing strikes after walking the leadoff hitter in the first.

"Dan has allowed only one run in the last 21 innings," Butts said. "That kind of pitching can make a team and a coach look good. We have been fortunate at Perry Hall to have a good recreation program in the area to feed us players. That,plus our two assistants [Elmer McCann and Tom Schaefer], have been responsible for our record."

Gaithersburg (15-5) was held to two singles -- by Ron Henson in the third and Jeff Cisar in the sixth.

In the other state championship games in Frederick on Saturday:

* Brunswick ace Scott Frye stranded 10 runners en route to a complete-game, 5-1 victory over Joppatowne (18-4) in Class 1A. It was the third straight state title for Brunswick (17-5).

* Scott Rey blooped a bases-loaded single in the seventh inning to lift Northeast (18-5) to its second straight Class 2A crown, 7-6, over Walkersville (20-4).

* Starter Mike Anders was pulled in the sixth, but came back to get the win and the save in Thomas Johnson's 4-1 victory over Lansdowne (17-5) in Class 3A. Thomas Johnson (16-6) won 11 of its last 12 games.

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