Hitting two homers in one inning is a rarity, especially in high school baseball, but it happened twice on Monday to tie the state record.
Severna Park junior Scotty Vane, who pitched a one-hitter in a 16-0 romp over Annapolis, started an eight-run third inning with a solo homer and in his second at-bat of the inning, drilled a grand slam. They were the first homers of Vane's two-year varsity career.
Meanwhile, over at Old Mill as the Patriots buried Meade, 36-0, sophomore first baseman Jason Sieklicki socked two in one inning.
The first to accomplish the feat was Randy Butts of North Hagerstown in 1983. North County's Steve Tomshack did it last year against Meade and also hit one more to tie the single-game mark (three) set by several others, including Don Shump of Northeast in 1991.
I know of only one amateur player to hit three in one inning. Andover grad (1986) Earl Williams, who was a catcher briefly in the Baltimore Orioles farm system, hit three out of Saw Mill Creek in Glen Burnie in 1987 against the Presstman Cardinals in TC Maryland State League game.
Williams played for Wagner's, run then by current Anne Arundel Community College head coach Clayton Jacobson.
Lots of runs
In case you were wondering if the 36 runs scored by Old Mill was a state record, wonder no more. The Patriots of coach Mel Montgomery came up one run short. Bowie of Prince George's County and coach Bumps Vaughn scored 37 against Suitland in 1988.
Old Mill did break its own county record of 29 runs scored set in a 29-3 rout of Brooklyn Park in 1988. In the fifth inning of that game, Brooklyn Park coach Dennie DeWitt asked the umpire to eject him so as to end the game by forfeit (no coach).
DeWitt had done nothing wrong, certainly nothing to be tossed for and just wanted to put an end to the agony. The umpire complied.
Montgomery did not run up the score Monday and felt bad about the final result, but you can't tell the subs to make intentional outs when they get a chance to play. However, there has to be a better way so as not to humiliate someone, even unintentionally.
It's too bad that such games are supposed to go the entire seven innings under state rules. There is no 10-run mercy rule and while it may be tough to say where the line should be drawn, it would seem to me that a mutual agreement by both coaches to terminate such a game might be in order.
What may be even more amazing than getting beat by 36-0 is to come back the next game and upset No. 10 Severna Park, 8-7, Wednesday as Meade did. It was the Mustangs' first win.
A record in jeopardy is career strikeouts (271) for a county public school pitcher set by Dean Albany of Brooklyn Park in 1980-81. North County's Mike Wooden takes 199 into today's game against Meade.
Wooden started the season with 175 and needed 97 to surpass Albany. If he pitched 10 games, Wooden would have to average about 10 strikeouts to do it. The senior right-hander has 24 in his first two games.
The overall county career record is 315 by Archbishop Spalding's Karl Breitenbucher (1984-87) and the state public record is 337 by John Gordy of J.M. Bennett (1972-74).
"I had so many back then because there were no pitching rules and I pitched more games than they do now," said Albany, who also owns the county/state record for a single season with 164 strikeouts in 1981 before going on to pitch in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization.
These days pitchers are allowed 14 innings in seven days and 10 over a three-day period under state rules. Many refer to it as the "Alarie rule."
Former Annapolis and UMBC pitcher Kevin Alarie is credited with the adoption of the pitcher's rule after winning all four playoff games in the 1988 state championship season of Annapolis.
Freshman Pat Boucher pitched a no-hitter with 14 strikeouts and six walks for a 10-4 Severna Park victory over Meade in JV baseball action on Wednesday.
It's been a great week for Falcon JV coach Lou DiMenna and his family. His team is 4-0 and his brother-in-law won a national basketball championship Monday night.
DiMenna's brother-in-law is Jim Harrick, who coaches the UCLA Bruins.