Old Mill's Haney stops Arundel winning streak Baseball

April 28, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

A coach's faith in a veteran pitcher who didn't appear to have a prayer left paid off yesterday as ninth-ranked Old Mill (5-3) upset top-ranked and previously unbeaten Arundel, 6-5, in Gambrills.

Arundel (9-1) was ranked No. 16 in yesterday's USA Today Super 25 for high school baseball, the only area team among the nation's elite, but Lee Haney's pitching tenacity, Mike Bussey's arm and Ryan Dempsey's five RBI beat the Wildcats.

Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery made a trip to the mound with the tying run coming to the plate in the area's hottest hitter, Tim Giles (.806). Montgomery never considered removing Haney (3-0) even after the left-hand-hitting Giles walked.

And Haney got the final out with the tying and winning runs aboard.

Haney (five hits, five strikeouts) had gotten out of a similar jam in the fifth, thanks to a stellar throw from right fielder Mike Bussey, and appeared to be pitching with nothing but heart in the seventh.

"I didn't take Lee out because I believe in him," said Montgomery.

"He's been pitching three years for us and had gotten us this far in the game. The trouble we were in in the seventh wasn't his fault and we finally got a break."

"He [Montgomery] has a reputation of letting his pitchers finish what they start," Haney said.

"We finally got a break," said Montgomery, whose team left 15 men on base Saturday in an 8-2 upset loss to Northeast after routing sixth-ranked North County, 10-2, the day before."This is the kind of win that could get us going."

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