The Dulaney Lions truly manufactured a victory yesterday.
No. 14 Dulaney scored twice on wild pitches, two more times on ground outs once on a sacrifice fly and another time on an error to defeat No. 8 Parkville, 7-5, in a Baltimore County Central Division game.
The visiting Lions worked for all seven runs in a battle of the defending co- county champions.
Dulaney (3-2, 2-1) got six runs on just six hits in six innings off Parkville starter Larry Reaves -- handing the senior his first loss in two years. Reaves was 8-0 last year and struck out 12 versus Dulaney, but the Lions rolled from the start in this game.
"The kids said they were going to play to win," said Dulaney coach Ron Audlin. "We just manufactured the runs that [we needed]."
They also kept the Parkville offense quiet. Starter Adam Lucas changed speeds, pitches and befuddled the Knights for five innings. He allowed just two hits in that stretch before they rallied in the sixth.
J.P. Wilson sparked the Dulaney offense with three hits and three runs. He tripled with one out in the first and scored on Brian Mosser's ground out for a quick lead the Lions never lost.
"We were fired up today," said Wilson. "This was a big game, and we had to [ win it]."
Josh Harness singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error before scoring on a wild pitch for a 2-0 lead in the third. Mike Ross did the same thing in the fifth, reaching on a wind-blown double, moving to third on a ground out and scoring on another Reaves wild pitch.
The Lions appeared to break it open with a three-run sixth. Wilson doubled and scored on a Mosser single. Jeff Duerbeck reached on an infield single, and Steve Duncan was hit to load the bases.
Lucas drove in Mosser with a ground out before Ross walked to re-load the bases. Andrew Hench then made it 6-0 with a sacrifice fly.
Parkville (4-2, 2-2) awoke in the bottom half when Steve Wagner belted a three- run homer to deep left. Greg DePalma followed three batters later with a two-run homer to the same spot, slicing the lead to 6-5.
But the Lions manufactured another run in the seventh as Wilson singled, stole second and moved to third on a Mosser single. One out later, Wilson scored on an error and Mosser slammed the door in relief in the bottom half.
"I think we lost our composure a little bit," said Parkville coach Jeff Markle. "We're not hitting the ball as well as we could."
Pub Date: 4/08/97