Lansdowne tops Sparrows Point in showdown of Baltimore County unbeatens

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Yarbor "scatters" seven hits and Umstead has three base knocks to help the Vikings takeover first-place in Baltimore County's Division 2
Steve Yarbor and Kyle UlmsteadIn baseball it’s almost always said, when a pitcher spaces out four or more hits and wins, that he “scattered the hits” to post the victory. That’s precisely what senior right-hander Steve Yarbor did, Tuesday, to fuel a 9-5 victory for Lansdowne over Sparrows Point, giving the visiting Vikings sole possession of first place in Baltimore County’s Division 2.

Designated hitter Kyle Umstead had three hits and a walk while leadoff batter and center-fielder Dean Witt had a single and a bases clearing two-bagger in a decisive six-run, third-inning outburst to give Yarbor more runs than he needed. No. 8 hitter and first-baseman Glen Hardesty chipped in two knocks and a pair of RBI’s for the Vikings.

“It was one of our best hitting efforts of the season,” said Umstead, a three-sport standout at Lansdowne where he also played football and basketball.

In what was a matchup of 7-0 teams, Yarbor stymied the Pointers’ attack by “scattering” seven hits over six innings, fanning eight batters, giving up three runs – two earned and not walking a batter on 93 pitches.

Posting his second win of the season, Yarbor gave up one hit in each of the five innings and two in the fifth, but was never in any serious trouble.

Yarbor was in command, mixing his fast ball and curve with a stellar changeup to keep the Pointers off balance.

“I threw two-seam and four-seam fast balls and had my changeup working which is something I have really been working on,” said Yarbor, who gave way to Jerald Hurt, who yielded two hits and two runs before getting the final out. “I had good command and was really confident. This was a very big win for us with both teams undefeated. It should really boost our confidence because you could say we are on a mission.”

The nine seniors on the team are especially mission- oriented after losing in the region final two years in a row and missing the final four of the state tournament. This season the Vikings were moved up by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association from Class 2A to 3A while Sparrows Point remains a 2A school.

“No doubt the 3A will be tough but I have a special group of kids, several of whom have been playing together since age five,” said Lansdowne’s first-year head coach Jared Gish, who succeeded the retired Matt Kohel. Gish, a Michigan native who has been teaching at Lansdowne for seven years, assisted Kohel for three years before taking the reins.

Gish had nothing but praise for Yarbor and the way he pitched, citing the right-hander’s maturation over the last three years.

“Steve has really matured and that was definitely his best outing of the season,” said Gish, who is trying to adjust to becoming an Orioles and Ravens fan after growing up with a hamster in Michigan that he named Sparky after former Detroit Tigers’ skipper Sparky Anderson. “He was consistent against a bunch of good hitters.  And we scored runs for him.”

Jared GishThe Vikings were actually outhit by the Pointers, 9-8, but the latter’s bingles were not as timely and the Pointers had no extra-base hits. Lansdowne had its eight hits in the first three innings off Point starter Nick Rasmussen and did not get any off relievers Ben Hester and Dustin Morris over the last four innings.

Five of the six runs the Vikings tallied in their big third inning came via RBI’s by Hardesty, Witt’s bases loaded double and a sac-fly by Rob Sawyer. Catcher Austin Tucker had an RBI on a fielder’s choice and Hardesty drove in his first run in the second inning, while Witt closed the victors’ scoring by racing home on a wild pitch in the fifth after being hit by a pitch.

In a losing cause for coach Mark Kline, Rasmussen had three hits and Morris had two and two RBI’s.

Lansdowne will host Sparrows Point in May and the Vikings hope to win the Baltimore County Division 2 title and get ready for what should be a really tough Class 3A tournament. The Vikings who won their only state title in 1993 under coach Ron Bareford. It was, ironically enough, a 3A State championship.

Sparrows Point won its only state title in Class B in 1979 under Rich Eshmont and last made the final in 2014 in Class 2A with Jonathon Wynne as coach.

Lansdowne (8-0)         026   010   0   —   9   8   3
Sparrows Point (7-1)   011   010   2   —   5   9   4

LAN – Steve Yarbor, Jerald Hurt (7) and Austin Tucker.
SP - Nick Rasmussen, Ben Hester (4), Dustin Morris (7) and Tom Filipkowski.
2B: LAN-Dean Witt.

Last Updated (Tuesday, 18 April 2017 23:06)



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