Giles leads Arundel to 7-1 win 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 the 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, with 29 RBI, supported that claim.

Coming into his senior year, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Giles was named a pre-season Mizuno-Baseball America honorable mention All-America first baseman, but that was only half his role. The other was to be a bona fide No. 2 starter behind junior Brandon Agamennone.

"Mr. Walter helped me develop a curve ball this year to go with my fast ball 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-handed thrower,scattered four hits, struck out seven and walked one.

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

"He's not overpowering but has good command of his pitches, especially his breaking ball [curve]."

Mike Fleming reached on an error as the game's first batter. Giles then coaxed Byron Druzgal into a perfect double-play ball.

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 walked 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 shortstop Jeff Hedrick and Fleming scored on the fielder's choice to make it 3-1. Eric Kunkel's grounder to Giles ended the inning.

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

Alan Baker lofted a fly ball to Fairbanks in medium right. Dietrich started home, stopped 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.

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