Second-ranked Arundel (3-0) posted a "jewel" of a 3-2 win at Chesapeake in eight innings yesterday.
Chesapeake junior left-hander Jason White was brilliant until the eighth inning when he yielded a leadoff single to the Wildcats' Mike Cozzone (2-for-3) with the score tied at 2.
Courtesy runner Jamie Stoddard took Cozzone's place at first base, and coach Jim Simms removed White and called for senior right-hander Chris Ryder.
Ryder was about to throw his first pitch when Arundel coach Bernie Walter noticed a gold chain around Ryder's neck.
The National Federation of High Schools prohibits baseball players from wearing jewelry. Federation rules require that a jewelry-rule violator be warned and subsequent violators ejected. Cougars DH Larry Wiles had been warned earlier in the game.
Walter brought Ryder's chain to the attention of plate umpire Warren Shadle, who also is the Anne Arundel Umpires Association rules interpreter, and after a conference with umpire Ron Homberg, Ryder was ejected.
"You have to play by the rules, and I saw Jimmy [Simms] over there asking his kids if Ryder had any jewelry on and he knew what was coming," said Walter.
White, who had moved to first base, was brought back in to pitch and gave up singles to Tim Giles (3-for-3, homer) and Mike Fairbanks to score Stoddard and put the Wildcats up 3-2. Jerry Scheff replaced White, who went back to first.
Scheff walked Wade Rolocut to load the bases but then coaxed Brandon Agamennone to ground to shortstop John Young, who started a home-to-first double play. Simms ordered a walk to DH J. P. Noon and Scheff got Brian Sands to pop to White at first to end the inning.
Giles set down the Cougars (3-2) in order in the bottom of the eighth.
Giles had replaced Agamennone, the Arundel starter, with one out, the score tied at 2 and a man in scoring position in the bottom of the sixth. Giles (three strikeouts) retired all eight men he faced.
After striking out Brandon Steinheim, Agamennone (5 1/3 innings, six hits, five strikeouts and no walks) gave up a double to Young.
Wiles, the first man to face Giles, went down swinging on curveballs and White hit the ball well to left-center, but left fielder Rolocut speared his drive for the final out.
White (seven innings, eight hits, five walks, five strikeouts) had survived a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the top of the sixth. Jimmy Taylor reached on an infield hit and Cozzone and Giles walked.
"The pitching was outstanding on both sides and this was an important win," said Walter.