Chesapeake stages 1-0 win Baseball

April 21, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Twice in the top of the fifth inning, base runner Brandon Steinheim intentionally hit the deck. The first time produced the game's only run and the second time resulted in a trip to the hospital as Chesapeake nipped 13th-ranked Broadneck, 1-0.

The lone run was all Cougars junior left-hander Jason White needed to best Bruins senior right-hander Chris Sutch.

Steinheim, known for staying on his feet as an All-County running back for the Cougars in football, duped Broadneck catcher Todd Bramble into making a throw he didn't want to make, enabling John Klug to score from third.

Klug had singled to right off Sutch with one out in the fifth and took second on an attempted steal when shortstop Scott Seyfferth dropped Bramble's perfect throw.

Sutch got the second out before Steinheim reached on an error, setting up a first-and-third situation.

Chesapeake's leadoff hitter, Brian Doyle, got orders from coach Jim Simms to take the first pitch and the game-winning play was on. Aware of Steinheim's exceptional speed, Broadneck intended to concede second on an attempted steal and keep Klug at third.

As Bramble stepped to his right to grab a high and outside fast ball, Steinheim broke for second and stumbled to the ground.

Steinheim's timing could not have been better as Bramble threw to first baseman Adam Simonsen, but by the time he back-handed the ball, Klug was sliding across the plate and Steinheim had jumped to his feet and reached second.

"I called it [the fake fall play] and it worked," said Simms, who had to be coaxed into admitting it was a planned play. "We've used it before."

Broadneck coach Mark Stover could only smile afterward and say, "Give Jim credit, it was a great call in that situation."

Doyle then walked and White drilled a single to left and Steinheim rounding third was given the green light by Simms. Brian Zimmerman's throw home was cut by third baseman Matt Slater, who cut down Steinheim on a close play at home.

Steinheim slid into Bramble's spikes and suffered a cut knee that later was treated at the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

White gave up one hit, struck out six and walked two in six innings. Senior right-hander Chris Ryder retired the Bruins in order in the bottom of the seventh for the save.

Sutch gave up three hits, struck out five and walked one.

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