Arundel baseball coach Bernie Walter said his players needed an "attitude adjustment" after Wednesday's 10-9 loss to unheralded Queen Anne's.
They also needed an opponent on which to vent their frustrations.
Enter North County, which was outhit, 18-1, in a 13-0 Wildcats victory yesterday.
The game took over three hours to complete, but the outcome was decided early. Arundel scored four runs in the first inning, one in the second, one in the fourth and four in the fifth.
"We had to take it out on somebody, and they were the next ones," said senior pitcher Brian Rolocut, who went the first five innings and allowed a single to Doug Nelson and two walks. "We're going to be a lot tougher the rest of our games. I feel strongly about that."
Rolocut looked especially strong, fanning 13 batters in improving his record to 4-0. He also tripled in two runs in the first inning -- when nine hitters came to the plate against North County freshman Mike Wooden -- and singled in the seventh.
Reliever Brian Sands pitched the last two innings for Arundel and struck out four.
"Sands pitchedwell (Wednesday), too. He gave up one run in 3 2/3 innings, and he pitched well again today (Thursday)," Walter said. "And of course, Rolocut is on a roll."
Arundel (5-2 overall, 3-1 in the Bay Division)jumped all over Wooden in the opening inning. Tre Overstreet and Jeff Hedrick singled on his first two pitches, and Chris Durocher (3-for-3, two RBI) grounded a single to left that scored Overstreet.
TimGiles doubled in the second run, and after a walk to Mike Cozzone, Rolocut tripled to right to give Arundel a 4-0 lead. Wooden threw 29 pitches in the inning, which finally ended with Bryan Nehman flying out to center.
In the second inning, Giles singled with the bases loaded to plate the fifth run, but Hedrick was tagged out in a rundown between third and home and injured his hip. He was replaced in right field by Joe DeLisi.
Wooden (0-3) allowed just an infield hit to Mike Fairbanks in the third, but was removed with one out in the fourth after giving up a run-scoring single to Cozzone that put Arundel ahead, 7-0. Senior Randy Swain went the next 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs (five earned).
All of that offense was far more than Rolocut needed.
"I felt pretty good today," he said. "I like throwing when it's hot. I can build up a sweat and get the adrenalin pumping."
His only jam occurred in the second when Nelson led off with a single to right and Erik Schwink walked. Joe York followed with a deep liner to left that Arundel's Kevyn Dodson misjudged slightly beforerunning down, and the next two batters struck out looking.
North County (2-6, 1-4) tried to rally against Sands in the seventh after walks to Kirk Wilfong and Mike Saffield, but Swain struck out looking to end the game.
Walter went to his bench early and uncovered evenmore offense. Lance Zimmerman singled to score Fairbanks (3-for-3) in the fifth, and singles by Tony Costanzo and John Noon produced two runs in the seventh.
Arundel's last run came off a Swain wild pitch that scored pinch-runner George Taylor.
The Wildcats will play their fourth game in four days today at South River, while North County travels to Queen Anne's.