Oriolelanders land two big victories in all-star doubleheader

September 14, 1992|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

The Oriolelanders doubled their pleasure yesterday, sweeping two games from the Suns in the 13th annual Anne Arundel County Suns-Oriolelanders All-Star Baseball matchup at Joe Cannon Stadium.

This year was the first time a doubleheader was played in the series, which showcases local and regional talent.

And the Oriolelanders apparently liked the new format.

They got four runs from their first six batters as they rolled to a 14-7 win in Game 1, before cruising to an 11-2 victory in the finale.

In the first game, the Suns, despite having 11 hits, were peppered with 15 hits, went through six pitchers in nine innings and were hurt by seven errors.

"We would've been in the game if we had caught the ball," said Suns coach Pat O'Malley.

"But I'm really happy with the way we hit the ball. We hit the ball well enough to win. I think a lot of it was jitters," O'Malley said. "In this kind of game they get to find out how good a player they really are."

The Suns came alive in the second inning as Ryan Dempsey (Old Mill) hit a two-run double to score pinch runner Jay Sponaugle of Glen Burnie and John Hall.

Dempsey, who was 2-4 with two doubles and four RBI, doubled home Sponaugle and catcher Mike Mahoney in the fourth inning to score the Suns' first four runs, but still trailed 8-4.

"I always seem to be good here," said the 16-year-old Dempsey, who had the only RBI in the Sun's 3-1 loss last year.

"I like to play here, and I like to see the guys one more time before they go off to college," he added.

Jeff Dean hit a two-run double off Suns pitcher Lee Haney of Old Mill to give the Oriolelanders a 3-0 lead in the first.

Tim Giles of Arundel High School drove in Dean to round out the first-inning scoring.

"We're really happy with our team," said Oriolelanders coach Tom Gilbert. "Us getting on top in the first inning meant a lot."

The Oriolelanders scored four runs in the seventh as John Millisitz, Chris Leusner, Todd Dorsey and James Coons each drove in runs to extend the lead to 14-4.

In the Suns' next at-bat, Jason Sigler, a 21-year-old center fielder from Anne Arundel Community College, hit the game's only home run, a 320-foot solo shot over the left field fence to bring the Suns to 14-5.

Winning pitcher Jason Hackett was named best pitcher for Game 1 and Oriolelander right fielder Coons, who had three hits, was selected MVP of the game.

In the second game, the Oriolelanders scored five runs in the fourth inning.

In the top of the sixth, Giles hit a two-run double to increase the lead to 10-1.

In the bottom of the same inning, Larry Dobson hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Sigler for the Suns' second run.

Brendan Sullivan (St. Alban's of Washington, D.C.), who pitched a complete game, was named Game 2's best pitcher.

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