N. County saves best for last, tops Broadneck Escapes in 9th, wins in 10th, 5-2 Baseball

April 06, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Eighth-ranked North County survived a scare in the bottom of the ninth inning and scored three runs in the top of the 10th to beat Broadneck, 5-2, yesterday in a Anne Arundel County Class 4A boys baseball game.

The visiting Knights (2-0) broke up a 2-2 tie on a misplayed grounder to make it 3-2, and center fielder John Bermudez drilled a single to center to score two more.

In what was a well-pitched game in brutally cold weather, both starters went 5 2/3 innings. North County's senior right-hander Joe York, in relief of sophomore Mike Wooden (two hits, 10 strikeouts and seven walks) notched his second straight win.

York, who entered in the last of the sixth after the Bruins tied the game at two, survived a no-out, second-and-third situation in the bottom of the ninth.

After retiring the first seven batters (three on strikeouts) he faced, York walked Kevin Barry to start the bottom of the ninth. Losing pitcher Chris Sutch (4 1/3 innings, three hits, five strikeouts and two walks) reached on an error and both runners moved up on a wild pitch.

Todd Bramble, the Bruins' leadoff batter, fouled out to catcher Mike Saffield. With a strike on him, Dan Ford tried to squeeze in the winning run but popped the ball up in foul ground about 30 feet up the third-base line.

"We were trying to make something happen, but we just didn't execute offensively," said Broadneck coach Mark Stover.

After the blown squeeze, York (4 1/3 innings, no hits, seven strikeouts and one walk) fanned Ford and Yancey Quigley to quell the threat.

"I felt really confident even though I knew they could have ended it right there," said York.

"I've been in that situation before over the last couple years and in the past we didn't get out of them. But I've been working hard for this year and knew I would get out of it."

In the top of the 10th, the Knights wasted little time. T. J. Hall hit a routine ground ball but advanced to second on an overthrow.

Nelson's sacrifice bunt down the third-base line was perfect and Sutch, who had relieved Sean Ryan in the sixth, didn't have a play, leaving runners on at first and third. Bruins third baseman Matt Slater couldn't handle DH Dave Brown's hot grounder and Hall scored the go-ahead run.

Bermudez, who had grounded out in each of four previous trips, laced a shot up the middle to score Nelson and Brown. York set the Bruins down in order (striking out two) to end the three-hour, 10-minute game.

Broadneck (1-1) scored an unearned run off Wooden in the fourth on a single by Adam Simonsen, but Wooden's single to left tied it in the top of the sixth. Pinch runner Doug Slusher scored for Brown, who had doubled to start the inning.

Saffield's second hit of the game scored Wooden from third to put the Knights up 2-1, but Broadneck came back to tie it in the bottom of the sixth with two outs.

"It's great to win a game like that especially after getting out of that ninth inning," said coach Don Usewick, whose club had opened last week with a 22-0 romp over Northeast.

"This kind of win really helps a team."

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