Coach Clayton Jacobson saw two sides of his Anne Arundel Community College baseball squad Saturday, as the Pioneers swept their doubleheader against visiting Frederick.
But the Jekyll-and-Hyde performance was nothing new to the third-year coach, who expressed his displeasure moments after the Pioneers' lackluster 4-3 extra-inning victory in the opening game.
"The team that's going to beat us more than anyone else is going to be ourselves," said Jacobson, who last year coached the squad to its second straight JuCo Region XX runner-up finish with a 32-7 record.
"We've just been working too hard at (beating themselves) the last few games, making the games too close," he said. "We'll have to keep going until we get out of that syndrome."
His Pioneers (12-3) looked like national champions in the second game, using a five-run second inning and a seven-run seventh to bury the opposition in a 14-3 blowout.
Anne Arundel hammered three pitchers for 12 hits in the game. Jeff Martin (3-for-3), Mike Kirkpatrick (3-for-4), Jay Schline (2-for-3) and Pat Kahl (2-for-4) knocked in two runs each. Mike Nelsonwent 2-for-3 withthree RBI.
Hurler Dwayne Hoyt (3-0), a Broadneck graduate, went the full seven innings, giving up six hits, striking out five and walking two.
Hoyt had a no-hitter going for five innings and, thanks to an error-free defense, faced just 16 batters in that stretch. Frederick (6-7) foiled his effort with three hits in eachof the last two innings.
"They pitched four different guys in thefirst game and it looked like (Frederick) had run out of pitching," said assistant coach Larry Shillenberg, also the Pioneers' pitching coach. "We just kind of knocked them around. It was certainly a lot different from the first game, where we just couldn't get our hits in arow. It just seemed like our bats were asleep."
For the season, the Pioneers have averaged 12 hits and nine runs in 17 games (two of which are still incomplete).
In the first game yesterday, AACC was credited with just one error, but there were more mental mistakes in the game than there was dirt on the dugout floor for a frustrated Jacobson to kick around.
"I won't comment on what you see in the dugout," joked Jacobson. "We're just getting ourselves into a lot of trouble -- not getting the big hits and pitchers walking people at key, bad times. We just weren't executingreal well in a lot of ways."
Old Mill graduate John Murphy twice came to the Pioneers' rescue, the second time driving in a sliding Jay Schline on a ninth-inning fielder's choice. Schline beat the throw from shortstop for the game-winner.
Murphy's one-out, seventh-inning squeeze bunt was the closest thePioneers came to perfection the whole day.
"He never gave the play away and waited until the right time," said Jacobson. "It was just perfect."
Murphy's chicanery plated Jim McNally (3-for-5, with a double) from third to tie the game at 3 and force the extra innings.
"The pitcher threw it in the dirt and put me on third with no outs.I knew I had to score then," said McNally, also an Old Mill graduate, who had doubled. "Murphy got it down far enough out for me to scorethe run and I got a good jump off third."
In the second inning, catcher Rick Stang doubled to score Kahl and give the Pioneers a 1-0 lead.
An RBI single by Frederick's Troy Kline in the bottom of the inning tied the game until Scott McClelland singled to score Jerry Niklow from third in the sixth.
With a 2-1 lead and one out in the sixth, starting Pioneers pitcher Mike Shockley (four hits, four strikeouts in six innings) hoped reliever Scott Hatfield would help him secure his fourth victory without a loss.
But Hatfield gave up a walk, a single and a Troy Garland two-run double as Frederick stole the lead, 3-2.
On the ensuing at-bat, Frederick ace Samuel Brunatti (seven hits, four walks) left the game and was replaced by David Allen, who walked Kirkpatrick to load the bases with two outs. But Jay Schline hit a fly ball for the third out, setting up Murphy's squeeze-buntheroics.
TODAY'S GAMES BASEBALL
Chesapeake at Annapolis.. .. .. .. .. .. 3:45 p.m.
Arundel at Old Mill.. .. .. .. .. ...... 3:45 p.m.
Calvert Hall at Spalding .. . . ... ...3:45 p.m.
North County at Meade.. .. .. .. .. .....3:45 p.m.
Mount Hebron at Northeast.. .. .. .. . ..3:45 p.m.
Severna Park at Queen Anne's.. .. .. . .3:45 p.m.
South River at Southern.. .. .. ...... 3:45 p.m.
Chesapeake at Annapolis.... ... ..... 3:45 p.m.
Arundel at Old Mill.... .... ........ 3:45 p.m.
North County at Meade... ...... ..... 3:45 p.m.
Mount Hebron at Northeast.... ... ... 3:45 p.m.
Severna Park at Queen Anne's.. .. ... 3:45 p.m.
South River at Southern.. ..... ..... 3:45 p.m.
Severn at Spalding..... .... ........ 3:30 p.m.
Arundel at Annapolis.... ........... 3:30 p.m.
Broadneck at Queen Anne's... .. ..... 3:30 p.m.
Old Mill at Chesapeake... .... ...... 3:30 p.m.
Southern at Glen Burnie.. .... ...... 3:30 p.m.
North County at Northeast... ....... 3:30 p.m.
South River at Severna Park.. ... ... 3:30 p.m.