Second-team All-Metro pitcher Trevor MacMeekin went the distance for his fourth straight win, striking out five and scattering three hits as the No. 2-ranked Dulaney baseball team blanked 15th-ranked Catonsville, 4-0, yesterday in a Baltimore County nonleague game.
MacMeekin's impressive effort came against a team that had won 11 straight games, including five by the 10-run mercy rule. The visiting Comets, coming off Monday's 12-hit performance to beat defending Class 2A state champion Towson, 14-1, have scored at 10 runs seven times this season.
"MacMeekin's a composed pitcher who does a nice job showing you don't need all the power. He mixes it up, changes speeds, keeps you off-balance," said Comets coach Doug Campbell. "They were a good team, exactly what we expected. We got our bat on the ball, but they made good plays."
The Lions (15-2), winners of nine straight since losing to No. 6 Eastern Tech, were coming off Tuesday's 5-1 victory over Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference power Calvert Hall.
"It's nice to be able to have played the neighborhood boys [Calvert Hall], and want that one bad, then to come out here and to beat another very good team," said Dulaney coach Ron Audlin, who collected career win No. 115 against 53 losses in eight years.
"Catonsville's a good team and has a good young coach. They hit a couple of shots that we made could plays on, otherwise, we could have gotten stung with a loss."
Yesterday, the Lions shut out Catonsville right-hander Justin Davis (3-2) for the second straight year. Davis, who allowed six hits against three walks and five strikeouts yesterday, lost, 9-0, last season.
After three scoreless innings, Dulaney's James Lewis singled in Scott Headd for a 1-0 lead. Headd's single made it 2-0 in the Lions' three-run fifth inning, which included Mike Clark's two-run triple for the final margin. Dulaney's Nick Stewart had a double. Catonsville's record dropped to 11-2.
Catonsville's Sean Smith (2-for-3) ripped a double to left-center field off MacMeekin. The left-hander also gave up a single to Tom George in the seventh.
"After he ripped that double down the line, that woke me up a little bit," MacMeekin said. "I settled down, hit the spots, got my curveball breaking, second, third inning. That seemed to be effective for me."