David Bilodeau scored two goals and an assist, and keeper Ryan Ambrose had 15 saves as Chesapeake of Baltimore County broke a 22-game losing streak with a come-from-behind, 4-3 Division III win at Western Tech Tuesday.
But the win, the second in the past 34 games for the Bayhawks (1-10) of first-year coach John Baker, wasn't secure until the final 45 seconds, when Richard Fields and Bilodeau scored.
Right-hander Nicholas Thompson (4-0) pitched a perfect game, striking out five and getting solid defensive support as the host Warriors improved to 8-2 with an 18-0 shutout of visiting Douglass (1-11).
Thompson also had a nice day, offensively, going three-for-four with a triple and three RBIs. Robert Smith went two-for-three with a triple and three RBIs for the Warriors, of coach John Turpin, who are second in Division II of the Baltimore City League.
After a 1-3 start, McDonogh's baseball team has won eight of its last nine Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference games, including Monday's 6-5 upset of No. 4-ranked Mount St. Joseph and Wednesday's 18-hit, 15-14 victory at No. 2 Calvert Hall.
Left-hander Bradd Caplan (5-1) pitched a complete-game against St. Joe, striking out eight with four walks against 10 hits.
It was the third straight league loss for the Gaels and the fourth straight league win for Caplan, whose only loss was at Archbishop Curley. The Cardinals (19-3 overall, 13-1 league) lost their first league game.
McDonogh (9-7, 9-4) under four-year coach Chet Janiga, moved into the No. 2 seed slightly ahead of the Gaels (8-4) in its quest to reach the four-team playoffs. Barring a collapse, Calvert Hall will take the top spot even if five remaining games are won by the Eagles, who returned 10 players from last year's playoff qualifier.
McDonogh still must complete an earlier game with Calvert Hall that was tied at 1-1 before being called because of darkness after nine innings.
Archbishop Curley won five singles matches and one of two doubles matches in a 6-1 victory over visiting Archbishop Spalding that clinched an unbeaten, MIAA B Conference championship regular season yesterday.
Winning for the Friars were No. 1 singles player Nick West, No. 2 Chad Kardian, No. 3 Jon Bruni, No. 4 Brandon Scarfield and No. 5 Jason Kondilas. Kardian also teamed with Scarfield to win a doubles match.
Patapsco coach Dave Ingle has had Jeff Chopper as a nine-year assistant in baseball and soccer, and for four years in wrestling.
In baseball, the Patriots are ranked No. 20 in The Sun's most recent baseball poll and lead the East Division with an 11-1 record. In 1995, shortstop Jerry Vecchione became Ingle's first All-Metro player.
In boys soccer, the Pats reached last fall's Class 2A state semifinals, and, in 1995, produced All-Metro striker Dino Pusinsky (Loyola College) and All-Metro goalie Mike Griffith (UMBC) from that year's Class 2A state championship team.
In wrestling, Ingle coached a county and region champ in Mark Lasek (145) last year. This year, junior heavyweight Bill Hook pinned in all but two of his victories en route to being county champ, second at regions and third at states. Junior teammate Joe Bena (160) was second in both the county and region and fourth at states.
This year in baseball, Patapsco's junior pitchers are left-hander Greg Hopper (4-1, 34 strikeouts, 1.25 ERA) and Shane McGlaughlin (4-0, 19 strikeouts, 0.67 ERA) along with senior D.J. Weis (2-0).
Also, outfielders, Hopper and McGlaughlin have erred only once. Hopper is batting .480 with 10 RBIs, seven doubles, 13 runs scored, and McGlaughlin is batting .385 with 15 runs scored, 15 RBIs, four doubles, a triple and a home run. Weis, also a second baseman, hits .353 with 15 runs scored and 11 RBIs.
Junior third baseman Chad Clarke (.500) has 16 RBIs, seven doubles and 18 runs scored, senior shortstop Chris Thomas (.500), 17 RBIs, six doubles and 11 runs scored and sophomore outfielder Ken Bolyard (.591) has 12 RBIs.
Others contributing to the Patriots' success are seniors Clint Trice (.500, 13 RBIs), a catcher; Frank Branham (.350, 11 runs), an outfielder; and Jared Lating (.257, 14 RBIs, 13 runs).
Dunbar's Kellen Wallace is 6-for-8 with 10 RBIs, four home runs and a triple in the 12-0 Poets' past two City League Division II victories over Douglass (by 26-4) and Forest Park (12-1).
Wallace was hitting .725 with eight doubles, five triples and 28 RBIs in 12 games, and was 6-0 as a pitcher with 62 strikeouts and 14 walks. Against Douglass on Monday, Wallace was 5-for-5 with eight RBIs, three home runs, a triple and five runs scored. Against Forest Park Tuesday, Wallace struck out nine batters, walked two and in a two-hit victory.
Senior hurler Paul Lurie (4-0), catcher Eddie Upton (.400) and junior shortstop Nick Outten (.300) are among the baseball players who have coach Chick Vrany's Franklin Indians (12-3 overall, 11-1 league) on top of Baltimore County's West Division.
Pub Date: 5/01/98