In Anne Arundel Community College's four-hour long, 14-13, victory over visiting Cecil yesterday, shortstop Andy Srebroski made a lot of noise -- with both his bat and his mouth.
In the fifth inning, Srebroski (3-for-5, three RBI) got in a shouting match with Seahawks' third baseman Doug Nowell. When Srebroski struck out with a man on and his team trailing, 4-2, the third baseman made an obscene gesture.
"You impress me, pal," the shortstop snapped as the two began shouting at each other.
Four innings later, Srebroski slammed a game-winning two-run homer.
The Pioneers, who play host to Dundalk today, were trailing, 13-12, in the bottom of the ninth. A shot by AACC second baseman Willie Scott (1-for-2, four walks, three runs scored) barely missed clearing the fence.
Scott held up at second, setting the stage for Srebroski, who blasted a fastball from hurler Keith Miller over the 367-foot sign in left field.
"I knew it was gone whenit left my bat," said Srebroski, who entered the game as AACC's second-best hitter with a .430 average and scored three runs yesterday.
"Both teams were talking trash a little bit, but we really wanted this one. We lost the last time we played them and that really played a part in it."
Recalling the aftermath of their earlier 12-4 loss to the Seahawks, Assistant Coach Larry Schillenberg said the visitingPioneers were berated by the winners.
"In addition, our bus brokedown in the Harbor Tunnel and we had to get it towed. That was a very bad day," said Schillenberg, whose 19-7 Pioneers (9-4 in the JuCo Conference) also overcame deficits of 4-2 and 9-5 yesterday to avoid arepeat loss.
The Pioneers, who racked up 14 hits against three different pitchers, used a five-run, five-hit seventh inning to take a 12-9 lead into the eighth, but the Seahawks responded with a four-run, four-hit eighth, capped by Kirk Krummel's two-run single that put the visitors up, 13-12.
At the end, the Seahawks were trying to figure out how they could still lose after racking up 17 hits against four differing pitchers -- including 10 hits and a home run off starterDwayne Hoyt (90 pitches, 5 1/3 innings) alone.
For the Pioneers, Jason Sigler went 2-for-6 with a triple and two runs scored, followedby first baseman Russ Curry (2-for-3, with two walks and a run scored) and Brent Flaherty (1-for-3, three RBI).
As in their previous meeting with the Seahawks, the Pioneers led early, going up 2-0 in thefirst. Scott got on base when he was hit by a pitch, moved to third on the first of Srebroski's two doubles, and scored on a wild pitch. Srebroski crossed the plate when Flaherty grounded out.
The visitors cut it to 2-1, on Mike Stanley's third-inning RBI double, and wentahead 3-2 in the fourth when Steve Corron singled one run home and Tony Capasso scored on an error.
AACC trailed, 4-2, after Brett Racine's fifth-inning solo homer, but the Pioneers tied the game on George Canceron's two-run single in the bottom of the inning and regainedthe lead, 5-4, when Jeff Dofflemeyer -- who singled -- scored on an errant throw home.
The Seahawks stormed back with a five-run, four-hit onslaught in the sixth, taking a 9-5 lead and chasing Hoyt from the mound.
His replacement, 6-foot-4, 210-pound Scott Hatfield (six hits, 54 pitches, two innings), walked the first batter he faced, then yielded a two-run single to Nowell.
Hatfield was removed in the eighth for Mike Cieslack, who lasted only eight pitches before being replaced by Mark Fearing to finish the game.
"Losing to them thefirst time was kind of embarrassing," said Scott, a North County graduate. "I think today we showed we're a much better team than that."