Eddie McCarthy hit a grand slam in the first inning and Antoine Williams scattered five hits as Wilson took a nine-run lead and never looked back in defeating Eastern, 17-8, for its third consecutive Interhigh League tournament baseball championship yesterday at RFK auxiliary field.

McCarthy also had a two-run single and six RBI, Jon Stang had a home run and had three RBI. Roger Mattioli and Andrew Christianberry each had two hits and Chris Myers singled, walked four times and scored four runs. In the two tournament games, Myers was five for five, walked five times, scored seven runs and had three RBI.

Wilson (12-4) had 11 hits yesterday but was helped by seven errors and 11 walks. Eastern, which upset Ballou, 12-9, in a semifinal to advance to the tournament final for the first time in 15 years, used its top pitcher in that game and was forced to start ailing Mike Johnson.

"It hurt us not having Kelvin {Waymer} pitch," Eastern Coach Tillman Frizzell said. "Mike hurt his hand against Dunbar {Tuesday} and he tried to go but didn't have it. Steve {Everett} came in and did a good job considering he hadn't worked that much. But that grand slam took a lot out of us. We had hoped we wouldn't get behind early because we are a young team. We knew it would be tough coming back."

Williams, a junior right-hander, made sure the Ramblers (10-5) did not come back. Feeling little pressure because of the quick, early lead, Williams stayed with a fastball until he tired going into the sixth. Till then, he had yielded two unearned runs on two hits.

"I got a second wind in the sixth inning and went to my curveball more," Williams said, adding that Coach Marc Harris "told me to just throw strikes, don't try to overpower anyone. The curve was working so I stayed with it the rest of the game. Coach asked me to pitch an inning Wednesday {Wilson beat H.D. Woodson, 18-5}, and I really didn't want to. I just wanted to be strong today. But I didn't throw many pitches {against Woodson}, so I was fine."

Williams, who had a three-run homer against Woodson, opened the game with a double. Johnson walked the next two batters before McCarthy hit a hanging curve over the left-center field fence for a 4-0 lead.

"I was just looking for something to rip," McCarthy said. "He threw it right where I could get it and I got a good cut and luckily, it went out. I wish Waymer had been able to throw because you want to hit against the best; you like facing the tough guys."

Wilson added an unearned run in the first before Everett, an inexperienced right-hander, relieved. He walked four in the second inning and McCarthy had a two-run single as the Tigers padded their lead to 9-0.

Eastern got two unearned runs in their half before Wilson made it 13-2 in the third. Christianberry began with a double and he, along with Williams, scored on Myers's bases-loaded single. Chris Lundblad scored later on a wild pitch and Myers came in with the fourth run on Stang's grounder.

"The key was getting ahead early, and Eddie's hit gave us that quick lead," said Harris, 46-8 in three years as coach. "Williams didn't have his best stuff, but he went after the hitters and we played good defense."

Wilson added single runs in the fifth and sixth before the Ramblers, aided by three walks, two errors, a hit batsman and doubles by Everett and Brian Turner, scored five times to cut the lead to 15-8.

But Stang homered in the seventh as Wilson increased its lead to 17-8. Williams struck out two in the seventh and the Tigers had their championship.