Patterson tops Southern, 3-1, for title Burrows strikes out 16, allows two hits


Garry Burrows was throwing fastballs in the mid 80s and Roger Wrenn was coaching with all the enthusiasm of a rookie.

The rest was rather elementary for Patterson yesterday, as the Clippers stopped Southern, 3-1, to win the MSA B Conference baseball championship in a two-game sweep.

Burrows, one of the most dominant pitchers in the MSA, baffled the Bulldogs on two hits and struck out 16 in another nearly flawless performance against Southern this season.

In three games (two in the regular season) against the Bulldogs, the intimidating senior left-hander struck out 45 and allowed two runs in 21 innings.

The victory gave Wrenn, 45, his fifth MSA B Conference baseball title in 18 years at Patterson and he has also won three divisional championships, including one in the A Conference.

"It's the same old stuff, but I still get excited about every game and every championship," said Wrenn who calls his team into a rah-rah huddlebefore each time it comes to the plate. "I love this job so much that I hope I die right here on this field [Patterson High]."

Wrenn's latest coaching gem resulted in a 20-1 record for Patterson this season. Four of those wins came against Southern and were the only losses for the Bulldogs (16-4).

Southern coach Bill Parker said: "We just haven't been able to hit Burrows. He struck out 18 in a 2-1 victory, 11 when they beat us 9-0 and now this. He throws around 86 or 87 mph and has a tremendous curve. We wanted to put the ball in play and force them to make enough mistakes to get some runs."

Parker and the Bulldogs were not alone in their misery against Burrows this season.

He had an 11-0 record, struck out 134 and walked only 20, completing a three-year career, 22-1, with 239 strikeouts and 45 walks.

Wrenn said: "Burrows is terrific. He has an outstanding curveball, throws his fastball in the mid 80s and has a screwball that fools the batters. He's certainly as good as any high school pitcher in Baltimore."

Wrenn conceded that Burrows is a pro prospect, but the Clippers coach said he wants his pitching star to think about college first.

Burrows said he likely will attend Dundalk or Catonsville Community College.

"But it would be great to be drafted by a major-league team," he said. "I wanted this championship game very much. I used my curveball as a setup pitch. If they are thinking curve, I throw the fastball and vice versa."

Patterson collected only five hits off Southern right-hander Jerry Gastiger, who was victimized by four errors. All three Patterson runs were unearned.

Gastiger struck out six, walked three and scored the only run for Southern. He tripled to right in the seventh and scored on an error by second baseman Pat Giusto to break up Burrows' shutout bid.

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