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August 11, 2010

Delweld blanked as Youse’s stellar staff keeps rolling

JOHNSTOWN — Baltimore pitchers have allowed one run in three AAABA Tournament games.

Youse’s Maryland Orioles hitters have accounted for 28 runs in the same span.

Simply put, Baltimore is back after missing a chance to defend its six straight titles last year.

The Orioles rode eight shutout innings by left-hander Chris O’Grady to a 7-0 victory over host Delweld in front of an estimated 4,100 fans at Point Stadium on Wednesday.

“One run in the first game of the tournament on a home run,” said O’Grady, who plays at Division I George Mason, where Somerset’s Steve Hay is his pitching coach. “Our pitching staff has done great.”

No one would argue that point on Wednesday.

Delweld (2-1) started with a vengeance, as leadoff hitter Matt Donaldson ripped a double down the left-field line. But Donaldson apparently missed first base and was called out on an unusual 7-to-6-to-3 play.

“The first inning must have been a glimpse of things to come,” Delweld manager Chris DelSignore said. “We didn’t really generate much offense after that. That was a major deflater, getting that leadoff double erased. If that didn’t happen we would’ve pushed one across. Who knows? But you can’t worry about what could have been or what should have been or whatever.

“The fact is we had four hits, three of them by George (Roberts),” the manager said. “There’s not much else you could say.”

O’Grady allowed four hits while striking out five and walking three. Michael Trionfo closed with a scoreless ninth.

“I thought we had some good at-bats,” DelSignore said. “We either hit it right at them, or too high or too far so that their outfielders were able to run underneath and catch them. That’s how baseball works sometimes. We have to be able to overcome that.”

With two outs in the first, Roberts singled for the first of his three hits. Cleanup hitter Drew Westover singled, but O’Grady calmed down to retire Tyler Uphouse on a fly to center.

“That was a big break in the first,” O’Grady said. “The next thing you know they hit a single and the guy would have scored. We were lucky, and we used it to our advantage.”

Delweld starter Austin Urban threw a solid game. The Penn State signee had been drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 27th round in June. Baltimore scout Dean Albany is a former Youse’s Orioles championship manager and current GM.

“I thought Austin pitched well,” DelSignore said.

In six-plus innings, Urban allowed eight hits and five runs while walking four and striking out three.

Cory Kaltenbaugh tossed the final two innings, giving up a pair of runs.

“We take the same approach whether we win or lose,” DelSignore said. “It’s just like our playoffs. It’s a race to six wins.

“Whether you win or lose, you have to put that last game behind you and move forward. We’ve got a good Buffalo team, and we’ve got to be ready to play.”

Delweld will meet Buffalo (2-1) at 7 tonight at the Point.

Baltimore will face 3-0 Philadelphia.

“We’ve got some guys that are available, and I don’t think arms are going to be an issue with us,” DelSignore said. “It’s just a matter of going out there and executing the plan.”

Baltimore’s Chris Cook had three hits, including a run-producing triple. He scored three runs. Ben Carhart, Glynn Davis and Andrew Parker each had two hits for the Orioles.

The run support helped O’Grady find his own groove.

“This is the biggest crowd I’ve ever pitched in front of, and I was a little shaky at first,” O’Grady said. “But after a while I settled down and started to throw strikes.”

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