Giles lifts Arundel over Severna Park Baseball

April 08, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Tim Giles' going 4-for-4 with three RBI is not surprising, but Tim Giles' throwing a curveball for strikes is.

Giles pitched and batted fourth-ranked Arundel (2-0) to a 7-1 victory over No. 5 Severna Park (0-1) yesterday in Gambrills.

Veteran Arundel coach Bernie Walter said last year that the left-handed-hitting Giles has "the best swing we've ever had here," and his .400 batting average, 29 RBI and 12 extra-base hits supported that.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound senior was named a preseason Mizuno-Baseball America honorable mention All-America first baseman, but that was only half his role. The other was to be a No. 2 starter behind junior ace Brandon Agamennone.

"Mr. Walter helped me develop a curveball this year to go with my fastball and slider, and I can get it over," said Giles, who matched Agamennone with the Wildcats' second complete game in as many days.

Agamennone blanked 13th-ranked Northeast (0-2), 6-0, Tuesday on a two-hitter.

Giles, a right-hander, scattered four hits, struck out seven and walked one using his "new" pitch frequently and often with two strikes.

"He's [Giles] been throwing somewhere else, no doubt about that," said Severna Park coach Jim Pitt, referring to Giles' midseason form.

The first batter, Mike Fleming, reached on an error. Giles then coaxed Byron Druzgal, who later got two of the Falcons' hits including a double, into a perfect double-play ball: third to second to first.

After giving Severna Park catcher John Milisitz four curves in five pitches and striking him out, Giles retired the next six Falcons before getting into a fourth-inning jam.

After he helped himself with a two-run single down the first-base line in the first inning and J. P. Noon's second of three hits knocked in a third run to give Arundel a 3-0 lead, Giles yielded his only walk.

Fleming received the pass on a 3-2 pitch and Druzgal followed with a double off the left-field fence, sending Fleming to third.

Giles struck out Milisitz on a curve for a second time, but DH Brad Ruffell, the clean-up hitter, grounded out to Arundel shortstop Jeff Hedrick and Fleming scored on the fielder's choice to make it 3-1. Eric Kunkel's grounder back to Giles ended the inning.

Severna Park threatened again in the fifth, but Giles' curveball and a crucial play by right fielder Mike Fairbanks bailed out the Wildcats. Falcons first baseman Roy Dietrich doubled into right-center and Giles wild pitched Dietrich to third.

Alan Baker then lofted a fly ball to Fairbanks in medium straightaway right. Dietrich started home, put the brakes on about halfway as Fairbanks threw a strike to catcher Mike Cozzone (2-for-4) on the fly. Cozzone threw to third baseman Brian Sands to nip the diving Dietrich for a double play.

"That was a big play. It changed the complexion of the game," said Walter, whose Wildcats responded with a three-run fifth to ice it.

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