Dulaney has been struggling at the plate recently, so it took some additional batting practice this week and got some tips from a "friend of the program" who knows how to play the game.
The Lions took extra swings at the school and then added another workout at the house of former Oriole Al Bumbry, whose son Steve played at Dulaney. Bumbry remains helpful to the players, and they are glad to take any tips he wants to provide.
The extra practice paid off as Dulaney beat Perry Hall, 12-2, in a key Baltimore County matchup yesterday. The teams only played six innings because of the 10-run rule, and Alex Frederick had a solid day on the mound, scattering five hits and striking out six. Frederick also had a home run and a triple.
"We got a lot of good work in with [Bumbry]," said Frederick, who is a four-year starter and will play at UNC-Greensboro next season. "Mr. Bumbry is a great guy, and the work showed out here today. We hit a lot of line drives and extra-base hits."
Dulaney fell behind 2-0 in the second inning when Collin McKnight knocked in two runs with a two-out triple. The Lions, however, answered in the bottom of the inning with a two-run single by Eric Paulson and an RBI from Alex Van Emden.
Perry Hall (5-2) had a scare when pitcher Joe Walinski took a line drive off of his throat in the second. Walinski had to come out of the game, but team officials said he did not need any extra medical treatment.
Dulaney (5-3) then broke open the game with a six-run third inning. Frederick led the charge with an RBI triple.
"We really struggled earlier in the week to get anything going, so we focused on swinging the bats," Dulaney coach Pete Sykes said. "I think we can compete with just about anybody."
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No. 14 Severna Park 6, No. 12 North County 1 -- Winning pitcher Dylan Taylor baffled the visiting Knights with a sharp curveball in the Falcons' victory.
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