TJ gets emotion, win vs. Cougars

April 13, 2001

TJ gets emotion, win vs. Cougars


Thomas Johnson 9

No. 5 Catoctin 4

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Rinehart and Cunningham. Wolfe, Swanson (4) and Schneider, Perez (5). WP-Rinehart (1-0). LP-Wolfe (2-1). HR-C: Favorite (7th, two on).

FREDERICK, Md. - With only four seniors combined on the field, everyone knew Thursday's game between Catoctin and Thomas Johnson in the first round of the Frederick County Baseball Tournament would be about emotion.


The TJ battery of Kevin Rinehart and Brandon Cunningham provided more than enough for their own team and took away the rest from the No. 5 Cougars as the Patriots cruised to a surprisingly easy 9-4 victory at Frederick High School.


"That was our problem earlier this year," said Cunningham, the junior catcher who had three hits, two RBI and threw out two runners. "We'd give up runs early and then be down the rest of the game. Today, we turned the tables a little bit."

TJ (3-5) may have turned the table, but Catoctin helped by pulling the rug out from under itself as well. The Cougars (4-3) made four errors - three of them in a row - in the top of the third, literally handing the Patriots a six-run frame and the game.

"You get a big inning going like that, and you're trying to find that leadership along the infield," said Catoctin coach Mike Franklin, whose only two seniors play in the outfield. "That can be tough sometimes.

"I expected something like that to happen this year. Just not today."

Cunningham added his second RBI hit in the inning, which was capped by a steal of home by pinch runner Robert Staley to make it a 7-1 game.

"We haven't used that play in quite a while," TJ coach Jim Foit said. "He was checking it out and I said, 'Let's go for it.' And to his credit, he made it work."

After that, Rinehart made sure Catoctin never got back into things. Working quickly, the junior right-hander threw a first-pitch strike to 21 of the 31 batters he faced, keeping the Cougars behind with a variety of off-the-table curve balls and cutting fastballs. His outing was only slightly marred by Kevin Favorite's three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh.

"He threw a lot of strikes and hit that outside corner," said Cunningham, who calls the pitches. "He mixed in that curveball well, too. ... He likes that first pitch being a good one, not always the fastball. It'll keep them off balance."

Franklin saw the same thing, just from the other side of the fence.

"He pitched fabulous," Franklin said. "He worked fast. He threw strikes. He was in control. I really enjoyed watching him pitch. ... Emotionally, we had nothing today, and maybe that's because of him."

Now, if only the Patriots can keep it up. After a stunning season-opening win over Baltimore powerhouse Mt. St. Joseph, they lost five straight before getting back-to-back wins late this week.

"We're hitting real well," Cunningham said. "You score 12 runs and then nine runs, and you'll win.

"If you can get your emotions high and get their morale low ... we can ride that."

Walkersville 4, Frederick 1

FREDERICK, Md. - Mike Mullinix and Mark Angleberger combined to pitch the Lions' second consecutive one-hitter.

Mullinix allowed the only hit in the third inning, a double to center field by Chris Main, who later scored on an RBI ground out by Brian Anderson. Angleberger got the save by striking out six of the seven batters he faced.

Offensively, Alex Dub changed his jersey number back to the 19 he wore a year ago and snapped an 0-for-14 slump with an RBI double. Sophomore Danny Leatherman continued also went 3-for-3 for the No. 7 Lions (6-2).



Jewett, Collins (5) and Vancil. Mullinix, Angelberger (6) and Dub. WP-Mullinix (3-1). LP-Jewett (0-1). S-Angelberger (1).

Brunswick 11, Linganore 1

IJAMSVILLE, Md. - Chris Baugher went 3-for-4 with five RBI as No. 1 Brunswick scored five runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth to close out Linganore.

Wayne Toms also went 3-for-4 and hit a double, while Alan Webber hit a solo homer for the No. 3 Railroaders (5-1).

Kevin Goode (2-0) pitched a five- inning complete game, allowing two hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out three.



Stone, Dipoalo (5), Bonn (5) and Levy. Goode and Baugher. WP - Goode (2-0). LP - Stone (1-1). HR - L: Reaver (3rd, none on); B: Webber (5th, none on).

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