Arundel junior Zach Collins learned the importance of proper nutrition yesterday -- outside the classroom.
Though he allowed only three hits and went the distance in beating Meade, 7-3, the left-hander never felt quite right.
And the longer the game went on, the more it showed.
"I didn'tfeel like my normal self," Collins said, after getting Meade's KevinPowell to ground into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game.
"MaybeI didn't eat right. I didn't eat anything last night because I fell asleep early, and today I had two candy bars. I lost a little energy out there."
At least that's all he lost.
Leading, 7-2, Collins walked the bases loaded to start the seventh inning.
Senior Mike Brogden, who reached base three times, scored Larry Sancomb with a fielder's choice grounder. But Powell bounced to shortstop Scott Young, who began the rally-ending double play.
The Wildcats had built on a 2-1 lead with five straight singles that scored three runs in the third inning.
A one-out error increased the lead to 6-1, but two Arundel base runners got caught in rundowns to end the inning.
Arundel (5-0) added another run in the seventh on a Tre Overstreet double to right that scored Eric Hontz.
Collins finished with six walks and eight strikeouts in raising his record to 2-0. He had retired ninebatters in a row until a Powell single led off the sixth.
He walked pitcher Chris Botulinski later in the inning, before striking out Lance Taylor and inducing Jay Twardowski to fly out
Arundel had taken a 1-0 lead in the first on a walk, stolen base and Dusty Oldfather single, but Meade tied the score in the bottom half ofthe inning on a Botulinski run-scoring double.
"At first, I really didn't know what to throw," said Collins, who changed speeds effectively.
"I went out there with the fastball, and they hit that pretty nice. And then I started working with the curveball, but the umpire wasn't calling it as much as I'd like. But the changing speeds -- Ithought that was nice."
Arundel coach Bernie Walter said Collins "threw fair."
"He struggled a lot. I think there were a lot of close pitches that didn't go our way and that made the game last a long time."
So did a few disputes with the umpires that culminated withMeade coach Elliott Harvey being thrown out in the sixth.
Harvey's mood had lightened considerably afterward, despite the Mustangs' first loss in three outings.
"We felt we could play with them," he said. "Take away that one bad inning and we're right in the ballgame. It just seemed they knew everything we were throwing up at the plate.When those kind of things happen, you get scored on. We just couldn't get out of that inning."
Harvey was impressed with Collins' ability to escape trouble.
"He changes speeds real well. He used the inside part of the plate, and that's what got him out of a lot of innings. If you can get the inside part of the plate, or any part of the plate, you're all right," he said.
Botulinski (1-1) also went the distance, walking four and giving up nine hits, including an Overstreet single in the second inning that gave Arundel a 2-1 lead.
Meadescored its second run in the third when Brogden walked, stole second, moved to third on a wild pitch and came home on a Powell sacrifice fly.
The win improved Arundel's record to 2-0 in the Friendship Division. Meade is 0-1.