"Just write that Anne Arundel killed us," quipped Chesapeake Community College pitcher Challice Gunther.
Gunther's remarks came in thedugout minutes before he was rocked for 14 hits as the Pioneers routed his Skipjacks, 12-1, in yesterday's non-league baseball game at Anne Arundel Community College.
Gunther was being more of a realist than a prophet.
His team entered the game with an 0-15 record. The catcher wore sneakers instead of cleats.
Still, the game came at an opportune time for Anne Arundel, as the Pioneers (25-8 overall, 13-5 in the JuCo conference) tune up for the May 8-11 Region XX tournament.
It was a chance for continuing rehabilitation under game conditions for outfielder Mike Schiavone, who was playing in only his second game since being nailed in the ankle by a foul ball.
It was also an opportunity for freshman hurler Glenn Shiring (4-0) to "work on my control" after having rested for nine days.
After 81 pitches and six innings of work, Shiring, a Severna Park graduate, left the mound with a 7-1 lead. Mark Fearing (2-1) then pitched two innings, retiring six of seven batters with three strikeouts and a walk, before Scott Hatfield (two walks, onestrikeout) closed the ninth.
Gunther doubled to lead off the fourth inning, then scored the Skipjacks' only run on a Danny Shieb double.
Shiring yielded just four hits with as many strikeouts and a walk, but he also hit two batters, raising his season total to a team-leading eight hit batsmen.
"At least I lead the team in something, and I keep the batters guessing," Shiring joked. "I was just trying to throw hard today and just stay ahead of the batters."
Head coachClayton Jacobson said, "Glenn was getting a little upset with himself early in the game, but I think he got in the groove after a while."
Schiavone led all batters yesterday, going 4-for-5 with four RBI.Center fielder Jason Sigler went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored, followed by left fielder Brent Flaharty (1-for-5, with three RBI), second baseman Willie Scott (2-for-4, one RBI), Mike Nelson (2-for-3, with a walk) and Andy Srebroski (1-for-2, three walks).
Srebroski scored three runs and Scott scored twice.
Schiavone was hospitalized for eight days after the ankle injury became inflamed and developed into a cellulitis infection that forced him to miss six games.
"Missing all of that (batting practice), it was hard to get it back," said Schiavone, an outfielder and catcher who was the designated hitter yesterday. "This game was good for boosting the averages and just having a good game."
Said Jacobson, "(Schiavone) was a little unsteady in our last game against Dundalk, so I thought we'd let him (serve as designated hitter) for two games to let him run the bases and get a little stronger."
The victory was the 103rd for Jacobson, although he has tried to keep the milestone a secret.
"I thinkit detracts from what the players are doing, and I shouldn't get allthe credit," said the fourth-year coach. "Besides, some of the guys who deserve it were on my past teams. You'd have to go over the rosters of the last four years, because a lot of people have contributed."
The Pioneers go on the road this weekend to face Charles and Rappahannock (Va.) in consecutive double-headers Saturday and Sunday.