Many times this season Patterson coach Roger Wrenn has talked about how this season's team isn't one of his most consistent offensive squads.
But no matter what weaknesses a Wrenn-coached team has had, it has produced on the field and been one of the area's most successful programs.
The defining moment arrived yesterday as the Clippers (10-3, 6-2) defeated visiting Mervo, 5-4, in a Baltimore City 4A League, giving Wrenn his 300th victory.
"It makes me thinks about all the great players and memorable people who have played here," said Wrenn, who's 300-132-2. "I have coached over 400 games and this is very meaningful to me."
In his 21st season as coach, Wrenn becomes the 11th person in Maryland state baseball history to reach the 300th-victory milestone.
With a 5-1 lead entering the sixth inning yesterday, the Clippers' cushion was down to one as Mervo (7-5, 6-2) got two runs in the sixth and one in the seventh, and had runners at first and second in the seventh.
Trailing 2-0 in the count to Curtis Pope, senior right-hander Wendell Collins got a ground ball to shortstop Jeff Burrows, who forced out Craig Coombs at third.
"I feel like Nolan Ryan for some reason," said Collins, who struck out six in a complete-game win. "I'm proud of him [Wrenn]."
In the top of the sixth, Darryl Taylor reached on an error, then Collins wild-pitched him to second and walked Pope. Kevin Davis singled home Taylor, putting Pope at third and Davis at second, after moving up on a throw to home plate.
The Mustangs' base-running aggressiveness later would cost them. Julian Robinson scratched out a single between Collins and first basemen Scott Stone. Davis attempted to score from second but was thrown out at the plate.
Robinson was picked off trying to steal second and Tyrone Cromwell struck out to end the Mustangs' rally. In the seventh, Aaron Smith, who hit a deep drive to left-center field that scored Mike Stroh, was thrown out attempting to stretch a double into a triple.
With a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the third, Tavon Mitchell led off with a walk for Patterson. He stole second, then moved to third on a passed ball. Mitchell scored the tie-breaking run on a double steal.
The Clippers added another run in the fourth and two more in the fifth, taking advantage of four walks.
After the final out, Wrenn was doused with a bucket of water by his players. Before the season, he had talked about the prospect of reaching the 300-win plateau.
"A long time ago, Hy Zolet [former athletic director] asked me what are my longtime goals when I came to Patterson," recalled Wrenn, "and I said I would like to win 300 baseball games and coach football for 30 years. We had a big laugh and I'll never forget that. Now, one of those things has come true. I don't know about the coaching football for 30 years."