Andy Dagirmanjian scored from third base on a wild pitch with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning yesterday to give Bowie High School its 35th straight victory, 4-3, over visiting Friendly in a Prince George's AA game.
Bowie was trailing, 3-2, in the last inning when Pat Bowen led off by reaching base on an error and stole second. After Dagirmanjian was hit by a pitch, Bowen broke for third and Friendly catcher Tim Heaphy's wild throw allowed him to tie the score. An out later, pitcher Rob Michael intentionally walked two batters to load the bases before throwing his wild pitch.
The Bulldogs, 13-0 this season, won the Maryland state Class AA title last year.
Bowie left-hander Brent Friehauf (6-0), who had pitched a perfect game and a no-hitter in his last two starts, allowed six hits, struck out six and walked only one. However, his string of 22 hitless innings was ended in the first inning.
"I wasn't really thinking about the string," said Friehauf, whose fast ball was clocked at 83 miles per hour by college scouts at the game. "They are a good team and I knew they'd get some runs off me. I had some problems early in the game and I couldn't get my rhythm. But I could feel myself getting stronger as the game went on, and I was snapping the curve ball better."
The Bulldogs had trouble with Friendly's Michael. The burly right-hander held them to three hits and struck out four in seven innings. He also singled in his team's first run, in the fourth, then scored to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead. Mike Kapitzke increased the margin by scoring on a passed ball an inning later.
But Bowie narrowed the gap in the fifth on a one-out walk to Sven Thompson and David Vaughn's long triple to right.