Slumping Sage Looks To Gophers, Falcons For A Boost

PROPHET PAT

April 30, 1992|By PAT O'MALLEY

Chalk up last week's effort by the Prophet as a lackluster .500 card. The rage of a sage went 3-3, running his overall record for the school year to 157-84, a percentage of .651.

Ranked 13th nationally (by USA Today), the Severna Park baseball team made the Prophet look good and bad. The Falcons beat Chesapeake, 10-5, (the Falcons were favored by two) but also defeated Old Mill, 7-5, on Monday.

Old Mill was picked in the "Upset of the Week" to deal Severna Park its first loss, and the Patriots of coach Mel Montgomery nearly did it. They erupted for five fourth-inning runs to take a 5-2 lead.

But that never-say-die Severna Park club came back with four runs inthe top of the fifth and one more in the sixth to win, 7-5, behind senior ace Rob McCandless.

The Prophet missed badly on one other baseball game as Arundel ripped Broadneck, 7-1. The Bruins were favoredby a run.

In softball, Old Mill came through again for the Prophet by routing Severna Park, 10-0, (Old Mill was favored by one).

Lacrosse gave the sage a 1-1 result. Severn Park's girls rolled over Severn, 20-9, as expected. But the St. Mary's boys failed to upset Severn at Weems Whalen, losing 9-7.

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Baseball

Glen Burnie (5-8)at Old Mill (7-5), 3:45 p.m. Friday: Time is running out on the talented but inconsistent Gophers, in their quest of making the Class 4A playoffs.

The Gophers are in desperate need of a victory over one of the contenders. Another Glen Burnie loss here and the Gophers can just about kiss off postseason.

A 9-6 upset loss to North County (4-10) Tuesday as freshman Mike Wooden got his first varsity win really hurt the Gophers.

Barring more bad weather, four games remain for the Gophers. One is with unbeaten Severna Park on Monday. So, a ninth loss to Old Mill and a good chance of No. 10 to Severna Park wouldrequire the Gophers to get a lot of help from other teams to make the playoffs.

Severna Park (13-0) and Arundel (11-4) are locks, while the other two spots in 4A Region IV are up for grabs among Queen Anne's (6-3), Old Mill (7-5), Broadneck (8-6), Chesapeake (6-8), Glen Burnie (5-8) and Meade (5-9).

This game appears to be the season for the Gophers of coach Bruce Sider. Calling it a must game is an understatement.

The Prophet has a feeling that Glen Burnie will pull this one out for purposes of suspense going down the stretch. Glen Burnie by one over Old Mill.

Severna Park (13-0) at Glen Burnie (5-8)3:45 p.m. Monday: I know what you are thinking, sports fans. You're thinking that the Prophet is going to call for another upset of the Falcons.

No way! The rage of a sage has learned his lesson and believes now this Severna Park team will do whatever it takes to win.

When you have as many guns -- McCandless, Steve Neuberger, John Milisitz, J.J. Novak and Brad Tippin to mention just a few -- as the Falcons do, if one guy doesn't come through, someone else will.

That's been the Falcons' story all year, and they are not yet on the final chapter.

Severna Park will take the Gophers by at least a couple ofruns and keep the streak going. Severna Park by two over Glen Burnie.

Arundel (11-4) vs. Northeast (9-5) 7 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium on Monday: The Wildcats of coach Bernie Walter are on a roll after winning an Easter tournament on the Eastern Shore. They've won three ina row since then, including two this week by 7-0 over Southern (3-10) Monday and 7-1 over Broadneck on Tuesday.

Flame-throwing senior Brian Rolocut threw no-hit baseball for six innings against Southern,and Tim Giles completed it with a 1-2-3 final frame. Rolocut (6-0) punched out 14 in his stint, running his county-leading strikeout total to 74.

Sophomore Brandon Agamennone scattered six hits and went the distance to beat the Bruins.

It's that time of year when Arundel seems to push it up a notch, and it is doing just that. Northeast has been in and out after its 24-0 national championship year of lastspring.

The Eagles dropped an 8-5 decision to Queen Anne's on Monday, but came back to bury hapless Southern, 25-3. They won't bury Arundel and might get buried themselves. Arundel by two over Northeast.

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Severna Park (5-7) at Glen Burnie (5-6), 3:45 p.m. Monday: It's a do-or-die situation for Severna Park and the same could be said for the host Gophers.

Both teams are trying to catch upstart Arundel (8-5) in the hunt for the fourth playoff spot behind OldMill (13-0), Chesapeake (10-1) and North County (12-2).

Arundel has a big game tomorrow at home against North County and then a visit to Northeast (10-3) on Monday. After that, the Wildcats could very well win their last three, at Queen Anne's (1-8), South River (4-7) andat Broadneck (2-9).

Losing to North County and Northeast, but winning the final three could get the 'Cats in postseason, and that's why this game is so important to Severna Park and Glen Burnie.

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