Old Mill rebounds for 12-8 win Baseball

April 20, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Old Mill was glad when last week ended. It had lost twice to unranked teams after being voted No. 1 in the metro area.

Clearly, it was time to move on, which the fourth-ranked Patriots did yesterday by rallying for six runs in the sixth inning to defeat visiting Glen Burnie, 12-8.

The Gophers sent 11 batters to the plate in the fourth inning and scored six runs to overcome a 5-2 deficit.

But the Patriots' Ryan Dempsey hit his second bases-empty home run of the game in the fifth, and the hosts used two doubles, an error and five walks to reclaim the lead for good.

Glen Burnie (1-4) went through four pitchers in the sixth inning.

Nothing helped.

"We needed a win real bad," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery, who altered his lineup by starting Josh Fretz at second, Philip McGinnis at shortstop and Jim Greer in center.

"The guys have been a little snakebit. After two losses, they were starting to question things. But these guys are winners."

An error by Old Mill starting pitcher Lee Haney with the bases loaded and none out started things in the fourth inning.

Haney mishandled a bouncer back to the mound, allowing Matt Griffith to score.

Todd Locklear walked to force in another run, and pitcher Keith Volkman scored two more with a double to left center off reliever Jeff Haynie, giving Glen Burnie a 6-5 lead.

Brian Pierce lined a two-run single to center, but Haynie (1-1) shut down the Gophers the rest of the way.

"I got a little worried, but I thought we'd come back," said Dempsey, who doubled in a run in the sixth to finish 3-for-4 with three RBI. "We have a lot of good hitters. It's not just a one-man show. Never has been."

Haney doubled twice and knocked in three runs, including two in the sixth inning that tied the score at 8.

Dempsey brought home the lead run, and an error allowed two more runs to score.

A bases-loaded walk to Mike Bussey closed the scoring and whatever chance Glen Burnie had of prolonging Old Mill's recent misery.

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