No. 15 Loch Raven chased All-Metro pitcher Larry Reaves during a nine-run, five-hit sixth inning yesterday. It was an inning that featured 15 batters, as the visiting Raiders (11-1, 9-1) won their sixth straight game with an 11-1 rout of 11th-ranked Parkville (7-5, 5-5).
During the barrage by the Raiders, who maintained first place in Baltimore County's Central Division, there were consecutive singles by Paul Kollman, Joe Wilhelm and Matt Anderson (2-for-4, three RBIs) -- the latter scoring Todd Smith for a 2-1 lead. Smith was 2-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored, and Jeff Dahlem also singled in a run.
"This was a message to the people who do the rankings," said Wilhelm, whose team will try to avenge its only loss Friday against Dulaney. "We've been beating Towson, Parkville, all those guys, and we haven't been ranked."
Sophomore Mark Little (4-0) went the distance for Loch Raven, striking out eight, walking three batters, hitting another and allowing just two hits. Before a defense that erred just once, Little escaped bases-loaded jams in the third and fifth innings.
With none out and the bases loaded in the third, Little induced the next batter to ground into a force at home. Next, Little overcame a 3-0 count to strike out Greg DePalma before inducing Steve Wagner to ground out to third baseman Wilhelm.
An intentional walk with two out in the fifth loaded the bases, but Little got Darren LaRocque to ground into a fielder's choice.
"I just wanted to keep the ball low for ground balls, and my team fielded well all day," said Little, one of three right-handers on the Raiders' staff. Kollman (3-1) and Anderson (4-0) are the others.
Reaves (4-2) threw 40 of his 124 pitches in the sixth inning, when he faced 10 batters before walking the bases loaded. Left-hander Ray Mullinix, who replaced Reaves at that point, walked in three more runs and allowed Anderson's RBI single before being lifted.
Reaves finished with 14 strikeouts -- seven against the first nine batters -- walked four, yielded five hits and hit a batter. Other than Pat O'Hara's RBI single in the fourth, he got little offensive support.
"Our kids aren't hitting well, and Reaves just ran out of smoke," said Parkville coach Jeff Markle, whose Knights lost a 1-0 lead in Friday's 5-1 defeat to Towson. "We had our opportunities early, but didn't come through. Playing for that one-run win came back and got us."
Pub Date: 4/22/97