Severna Park teammates Mark Budzinski and John Novak had different theories about their squad's hitting success in yesterday's 10-4 baseball victory over Broadneck, but neither could argue with the results.
The Falcons hammered five of their 11 hits for a 4-0 first-inning lead, made it 8-0 in the top of the fourth and recovered from a three-error fourth inning in which the Bruins pulled to within, 8-4.
"(Broadneck pitcher Johnny) Williams is kind of a junk-ball thrower and their right fielder was playing out a little bit. So we figured, pull it outside and take it down the right-field line and that's just what we did," said Novak. "We wanted to jump all over them early and I had my best game, hitting wise."
"I wasn't looking for anything specific," countered Budzinski, who entered the game with three homers and a .560 average.
With the win, the Falcons improved to 7-1 overall and 5-0 in the 4A Bay Division and the Bruins dropped to 4-5 and 2-3.
Williams (1-2) left the mound with none out in the top of the fifth after giving up 10 hits, striking out two and hitting a batter. Matt Weimer closed with four walks, a hit and two runs.
Weimer yielded Nate Sheck's fifth-inning RBI single and walked in the Falcons' final run in the same inning.
"I thought they were pitching away from us and I thought the kids went with the ball real well," said Severna Park coach Jim Pitt, whose Falcons have won seven in a row since losing their opener to Baltimore's Archbishop Curley.
Meanwhile, Coach Mark Stover's Bruins have yet to get beyond .500.
"We were able to pick away a little bit but they came right back the next inning with a couple more runs, and that's what a good team does,"said Stover, whose squad was without starting second baseman Chris Ricks, who broke his ankle in gym class Friday. "When a team's going good like they are, the little things go with them. We're struggling and they went against us today."
Novak (3-for-4, with a walk) set the tone, doubling to right-center on the game's first pitch. He scored the Falcons' first run -- one of three he scored -- when Budzinski (2-for-4, three RBI) doubled to left-center.
Pitcher Rob McCandless (4-0, five hits, two walks) then nailed a two-out triple to score Budzinski. John Milisitz tripled in McCandless, and Wes Zimmerman's bloop single scored Milisitz to give the Falcons their early lead.
With the exception of Budzinski's, four of the Falcons' first five hits were to right field.
Budzinski's second-inning, two-run double gave the Falcons a 6-0 lead.
Then in the fourth, Novak singled, stole second, went to third on a Steve Neuberger single and scored when Neuberger stole second. Neuberger came home to make it 8-0 when second baseman D.J. Stinard missed Wally Pisarski's grounder.
"Williamswas getting behind us in the count early in the game and we all justwaited for our pitch," said Budzinski. "We were pretty consistent."
That is, until that nearly disastrous bottom of the fourth inning.
Broadneck's Jeff Vincent (3-for-3) led off with a double and wentto third on a passed ball. Weimer walked and was out at second on Cliff McClain's fielder's choice but Vincent scored the Bruins' first run on the play.
Broadneck's Terry Williams then reached on a Milisitz error. McClain advanced to third on Sean Tettemer's fielder's choice and scored on a Jamie Schneider two-out single to make it 8-2.
Tim Collins beat out an infield grounder to load the bases before the Bruins capitalized on the last two errors.
Falcons' shortstop Alan Baker bobbled a Brad Reinhart grounder and Tettemer crossed the plate to close to 8-3. Then, third baseman Milisitz dropped a Williams grounder that scored Schneider. Vincent flied out to end the inning.
"I thought the ball was taking some bad hops, but we weren't compensating for it," said Pitt. "Defensively, we wanted to stay away fromthose big innings. We've got to make those plays, but I think this team can play with anybody."