Old Mill throws N. County a curve, 10-2 Baseball

April 24, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Senior pitcher Lee Haney's early exit Monday against Glen Burnie may have been to his advantage yesterday, as fourth-ranked Old Mill (4-2) pinned a 10-2 defeat on eighth-ranked North County (7-2).

Haney wasn't happy with his effort Monday, but his Patriots came back to win and his early departure only made yesterday's start on three days' rest that much easier.

Mike Wooden, North County's sophomore right-hander, was Haney's mound opponent at Old Mill, and he, too, was coming back on just three days' rest.

The difference was that Wooden had gone eight innings Monday at Southern to post a 4-1 win on a three-hitter and wasn't nearly as sharp as his counterpart.

Haney (2-0), a left-hander, scattered nine hits, struck out six and did not walk a batter until the seventh inning when he gave up two free passes before striking out the final batter to end the game.

The impressive outing in a big Class 4A, Region IV contest was the result of Haney's command of his curveball, something he didn't have Monday.

"I walked four and didn't have good control against Glen Burnie," said Haney, whose team bailed him out of a 5-2 deficit and came back to down the Gophers, 12-8.

"Today [yesterday] I felt good and pitched my best game so far this year."

Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery agreed and added that, "up to this game, Lee hadn't gotten a lot of support, but our kids have learned how to win. That's our third win this week."

The Patriots staked Haney to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, and after the Knights scored twice in the top of the third, Old Mill got him three more in each of the third and fourth innings.

Shortstop and leadoff hitter, Phil McGinnis started things for the Patriots in the first by bouncing one into the hole at short and beating it out. McGinnis would go 3-for-3 with a walk and three runs scored.

Haney grounded a single through the right side, and after Wooden got Ryan Scott looking for a third strike, cleanup hitter Ryan Dempsey jumped on the first pitch and crushed it for a three-run homer over the right-center field fence.

"I knew Mike [Wooden] was going to try and throw it by me and I got a fastball I was expecting," said Dempsey, who hit two homers Monday against Glen Burnie and now has a county-leading four overall.

Wooden settled down after the homer, striking out four of the next seven, and the Knights got two runs in the third. The top of the North County order -- John Bermudez, Wooden and Bob Christopher -- singled in succession off Haney with Wooden's single scoring Bermudez from second, and a fourth single by Dave Brown scoring Wooden to make it 3-2.

After Haney pitched out of the jam without further damage, Wooden got the first two Patriots in the bottom of the third before Jimmy Greer singled to right to start a three-run uprising highlighted by Jeff Haynie's RBI single.

Christopher replaced Wooden and got the final out, but the left-hander had a nightmarish fourth inning that resulted in three runs. Christopher walked four, threw three wild pitches and committed a balk.

"I've never pitched well on that mound, lost every time," said Christopher, who had lost JV games there before yesterday.

Sophomore Tweety Barton finished up for the Knights, giving up an unearned run in the fifth as McGinnis scored for a third time after getting his third hit.

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