Glen Burnie upsets Severna Park, 3-2 Baseball

April 22, 1993|By Tom Worgo | Tom Worgo,Contributing Writer

Host Glen Burnie rallied for two runs in the sixth to erase a one-run deficit and upset visiting and No. 14 Severna Park, 3-2, yesterday.

After a solid five innings, Severna Park pitcher Brad Ruffell ran out of gas in the bottom of the sixth and the Gophers (2-4) rallied.

Ruffell allowed two walks and Brad Brady singled to load the bases. Ruffell seemed to be working his way out of the jam after Keith Volkman struck out and Jay Sponaugle flied out.

But Ruffell walked Matt Griffith to plate Todd Locklear with the tying run and Ruffell hit Larry Burkindine to bring home the wining run.

The Gophers rally ended when pinch runner Mike Ackerman was called for interference trying to score.

"After he [Ruffell] walked the first guy [in the sixth], we waited on him to throw strikes," said acting Glen Burnie coach Walt Puller. "We knew there wasn't much time before we started hitting him hard."

Ruffell (1-1) gave up one earned run and four hits through the first five innings.

"When I threw the first fastball [in the sixth], I knew I didn't have anything," said Ruffell, whose team dropped to 2-4. "I was throwing all curves."

Winning Glen Burnie pitcher Shawn Mahaney, making his first start of the year, gave up four hits, two earned runs and struck out five in going the distance.

"We thought he [Mahaney] would do a good job, but we didn't think he would go seven innings and pitch as well as he did," Puller said. "He had a great outing. Normally, he's a catcher. We thought he could throw hard and develop into a pitcher."

Severna Park second baseman Jason Keefer went 2-for-3 with a double, single and two RBI.

Glen Burnie led early as Locklear reached first base in the bottom of the first on a fielder's choice, then scored with two outs on Brian Pierce's double, giving the Gophers a 1-0 lead.

Glen Burnie had other opportunities to score before the sixth but had two runners thrown out at the plate. Rockey Newton was cut down in the first by first baseman Dietrich and Burkindine was thrown out at home in the fifth by center fielder Mike Fleming.

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