Setting aside for at least one hot afternoon the turmoil of poor field conditions and a general lack of interest in baseball among high schoolers in the District, 19 Interhigh seniors journeyed to RFK Stadium auxiliary field yesterday to play an all-star game. Wilson's Eddie McCarthy, slugging hero of his team's league championship, wielded the big bat once again, hitting a two-run homer in the first inning to propel the West squad to an 11-7 victory over the East.
McCarthy and Wilson teammates Chris Lundblad and Chris Myers keyed the offense in the first inning. After Lundblad reached on an error and stole second, Myers doubled him home for a 1-0 lead. McCarthy then deposited a Jay Hawkins fastball over the left field fence, and the West never looked back.
After the inning Hawkins, an H.D. Woodson senior, muttered in disgust to Ballou Coach Maceo Hutchison, who was coaching the East team, "No fastballs to the third, fourth or fifth batters." McCarthy, who hit a grand slam to lead Wilson to its third straight Interhigh title, 17-8, over Eastern last week, batted cleanup yesterday.
The West team led by 8-1 before the East stirred its fans with a six-run, sixth-inning rally. But an inning later the West slammed the door with three runs, the most memorable coming on a steal of home by Coolidge's Jorge Dunn (37 stolen bases in the regular season).
Despite the upbeat and relaxed mood of the players, nearly all of whom were participating in their final high school game, the league's problems were not out of sight. East team members had to crawl through a narrow opening in a chain-link fence to reach the field. Minutes before the game one player was asking, "Are we having umpires?" With only nine players, the West squad could not make substitutions. The East had 10 players.
But Hutchison reminded his team why they were there: "Play ball like you always play ball. It's an all-star game. Have fun out there."
Coolidge Coach Bob Wilson, one of the West coaches, also wanted the seniors to enjoy their final game. "It's the end of a career for a lot of them," he said. "We need more scouts and college coaches here. These kids have potential. They're just not being seen."
One college coach on hand was Bowie State's Thomas Revell, who last year recruited Eastern catcher Carlton Ford for his Bulldogs. "I'm always on the lookout for players. As long as they stay with it and learn more fundamentals of the game, they've got a chance," Revell said.