Pitching, defense are big hit for Pioneers Team ERA of 1.98 behind 6-1 season start AACC notebook

April 01, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Anne Arundel Community College baseball coach Clayton Jacobson repeated a popular axiom yesterday when he said "pitching and defense win games."

The Pioneers' defense hasn't always been up to par this year, but with a team ERA of 1.98, AACC notebook

they've won the majority of their games.

Left-hander John Degen (Broadneck) gave up five hits and no earned runs in seven innings Tuesday, leading Anne Arundel to a 5-1 victory over visiting Catonsville Community College. Degen struck out seven and didn't issue a walk, and Sean Sesney (Chesapeake) gained his first save with two innings of no-hit ball.

Anne Arundel (6-1) finished with 10 hits in a rare offensive display. Mike O'Brien (Chesapeake) had two hits, including a double. Russ Curry (Northeast) batted in two runs, and Eric Scott (Old Mill) and Joe Hoyer (Northeast) each scored two runs.

Even the shabby weather hasn't been able to stop Anne Arundel. "We've been playing between the rain drops," Jacobson said.

Anne Arundel's only loss came against Delaware Tech, 10-7, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Pioneers made five errors and some mental mistakes that proved costly.

"We scored 17 runs -- seven for us and 10 for them," Jacobson said.

"I'm pleased with our won-lost record, but not with some of our play. We've made too many errors. Some physical errors you expect to happen, but some of the mental errors are things we shouldn't have done. We hope to learn from that."

Jacobson and pitching coach Larry Schillenberg have learned that Anne Arundel's staff will keep the team in most games this season. Degen is 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA, Jimmy Simms (Old Mill) is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA, Glen Shiring (Severna Park) is 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA, and Mark Fearing (Annapolis) is 1-1 with a 2.57 ERA. Sesney was credited with the other Pioneers win.

"We only have six pitchers," Schillenberg said, "but as long as they stay healthy, we should be consistent." Anne Arundel's men's lacrosse team should have played seven games before last night's contest with visiting Essex Community College. But because of the inclement weather, the Pioneers were 2-1, including Saturday's come-from-behind 6-5 win against Navy's junior varsity.

Anne Arundel trailed 2-0 at halftime before rallying behind two goals from Southern graduate Steve Griner. Heath Harmon, Duncan Greene, Norman Tucker and Steve Phipps also scored in a game played "in the rain and breeze," coach Clayton "Buddy" Beardmore said.

"The season's been soggy, that's about all we can say. It's been a little difficult to gauge things. We're at the beginning of the season, but it's the middle of the season," he said.

"The players are holding up well, but it's been crazy."

Weather permitting, Anne Arundel will play three home games next week, against Nassau on Monday (4 p.m.), Catonsville on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and Chesapeake on Friday (7 p.m.). The Nassau game originally was scheduled for March 19.

Softball

If only all the games could be as easy as the first one.

Anne Arundel's softball team opened its season last month in gaudy fashion, rolling past visiting Harford Community College, 31-0, in a game shortened to five innings by the "slaughter" rule.

Northeast graduate Stacy Reynolds pitched a no-hitter and struck out 10, including the first four batters. She also went 4-for-5 with a double, three RBI and four runs.

But the Pioneers, coming off a 3-17 season, lost their first game Tuesday, 8-5, to Essex Community College.

"We flat-out didn't come to play. We looked awful," said first-year coach Jim Hendricks, whose team is 3-1 after beating Dundalk, 4-0, last Thursday and a 20-9 victory over Cecil Community College yesterday.

Reynolds gave up 14 hits in absorbing her first loss. Anne Arundel had six hits, including two from Dora Taylor (Glen Burnie), who also scored two runs. Lisa Purkins (Glen Burnie) walked and singled in two runs.

In the season-opener, the list of standouts was lengthy, as Anne Arundel pounded out 24 hits. Left fielder Kim Horney (North County) went 3-for-4, including a three-run homer, and had five RBI. Catcher Holly Hladycz (Broadneck) went 3-for-3 with a double, three runs scored, four RBI and a stolen base. Second baseman Denise Gibson had three hits, including a double, and six RBI. First baseman Amy Fichter, a three-time All-County selection in Boyertown, Pa., had two hits, scored three runs and knocked in four.

Anne Arundel plays at Navy today and travels to Catonsville on Saturday.

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