Dulaney senior Jeff Berman struck out five of the first eight Lansdowne batters he faced yesterday.
And he was just getting warmed up.
Berman went on to strike out 15 -- including five straight to end the game -- as the host Lions (8-5, 8-4) upset No. 6 Lansdowne (10-3, 10-3), 2-1, in a Baltimore County 4A-3A League game.
L Berman, who has struck out 65 in 38 innings, wasn't Baseball
fooling the Vikings. He just overpowered them.
"My curve wasn't really working today, but I had a real good fastball," said Berman, who pitched a four-hitter. "I got looser after the fourth or fifth. In the beginning I was throwing sidearm. Then I started throwing over the top and throwing harder."
Lansdowne left-hander Brian Sullivan also turned in a fine pitching performance. He scattered three hits and struck out seven.
But both pitchers were hurt by defensive lapses. None of the three runs was earned.
The Vikings -- whose three losses have all been by one run -- took a 1-0 lead in the third, aided by two Dulaney errors.
Dan Miller drew a two-out walk, stole second and went to third on catcher Todd Retchless' throwing error. Miller then scored when third baseman Jason Jacobs missed a routine grounder by Randy Musgrove.
L Dulaney responded with two runs in the bottom of the inning.
After Rodney Maenner walked to lead off, Andrew Michael laid down a sacrifice bunt. But third baseman Bob Wheelton threw the ball past first baseman Kenny Schline, putting runners at second and third with none out. Sullivan almost escaped unscathed. He struck out Will Keible and retired Jacobs on a groundout to first. But both runs scored on another error when Berman hit a grounder that went under the glove of Miller at shortstop.
"After we scored in the third inning, I told my assistant that could be all the scoring today," said Dulaney coach Ron Audlin, whose team lost to Lansdowne, 3-2, earlier in the season. "Sullivan is a fine pitcher. We just had a little luck. Last time they had the luck.
"We lost a couple games in the bottom of the seventh and we've lost to some teams we shouldn't have. Now the kids know they can play with good teams."