Wilson earned its seventh straight D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association championship with an 8-0 victory over Dunbar yesterday at Hamilton Field.
Earlier this season, Dunbar had ended Wilson's area-long 89-game league winning streak with a 5-4 victory. The streak dated from May 1992. Wilson (16-7) defeated the Crimson Tide, 17-5, later in the season but wanted another shot at Dunbar in the title game.
"It's a little nicer [winning] because it's them," Wilson Coach Eddie Saah said. "We were stunned a little bit by the loss, but they regrouped and they got better."
Wilson starting pitcher Eddie Smith, who chipped a bone on his right thumb and could not finish his start when the Tigers lost to Dunbar, threw a four-hitter and walked one yesterday. Smith, a 6-foot-2 senior, finishes his career with a 15-0 DCIAA record, including three championships.
Wilson's defense helped Smith greatly. Catcher Robert Johnsen threw out two potential base-stealers. Smith picked off one runner and the Tigers turned a double play that got Smith out of a first-and-third situation with one out in the sixth.
"We just played good fundamental baseball," Smith said. "That was the key."
Dunbar (17-3) hit the ball well at times, but had little luck. The double play came when Willard Green lined a shot right at second baseman Max West, who flipped to first for the easy second out.
Wilson jumped in front, scoring three times in the second. James McNeely (2 for 3) lined an RBI single to center, and the ball then took a bad hop that allowed a second run to score.
McNeely went to third and scored when Aaron Thomas (2 for 3) followed with a single for a 3-0 lead in the top of the second.
Jon Cohen (2 for 3) got an RBI double in the fifth for a 4-0 advantage before Wilson broke the game open with four runs on six hits in the final two innings off Almonzo Banks, who threw well but tired.
Wilson (16-7) 030 012 2 -- 8 10 2
Dunbar (17-3) 000 000 0 -- 0 4 2
Smith and Johnsen; Banks and Green.
CAPTION: Max West is tagged out by Dunbar's Joshua Cribbs. Tigers' Eddie Smith threw a 4-hitter to finish 15-0 in DCIAA career.