Old Mill slips past Broadneck, 3-2, in 10 Baseball

April 29, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Broadneck's Chris Sutch wanted to pitch to Old Mill cleanup hitter Ryan Dempsey with the winning run on third, but his coach, Mark Stover, preferred an intentional walk.

"Go ahead. Do what you want," hollered Stover, kneeling in front of his team's first-base bench.

After getting a called strike on Dempsey, Sutch threw a high fastball that sailed over the Patriot's head and back to the screen. Lee Haney streaked home from third to give ninth-ranked Old Mill a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over No. 15 Broadneck (6-4).

The Pats won their second straight one-run game in two days (6-5 over No. 1 Arundel on Tuesday) and kept Jeff Haynie from suffering a tough loss after going the distance, except for one out.

Twice the visiting Bruins were a pitch away from victory, but a wild pitch figured both times, and Broadneck lost its third one-run game in four attempts and second in 10 innings. Broadneck had dropped the second game of the season, 5-2, to North County in extra innings.

Broadneck took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh with 6-foot-5 junior right-hander Sean Ryan working on a one-hitter with seven strikeouts, one walk and two hit batters.

Jimmy Greer opened the last of the seventh with a single to right field.

Greer moved to third on two ground outs. On a 2-1 pitch to Mike Bussey, Ryan threw one in the dirt that catcher Todd Bramble didn't block, enabling Greer to score the tying run. Ryan struck out Bussey.

Broadneck almost won it in the eighth, but its run-manufacturing tactics, which included batters getting hit by a pitch intentionally, failed with the bases loaded.

Steve DePaul, a 6-foot, 250-pound designated hitter who was an All-County defensive lineman in football, was struck on the elbow on an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs. Plate umpire Charlie Morse ruled DePaul had tried to get hit and called him out on a strikeout.

Twice before in the game, DePaul, whose second-inning single between first and second base scored the game's only run until the seventh, had appeared to get intentionally hit by Haynie.

Old Mill's Wood was hit by a pitch from Sutch with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but was left stranded.

In the top of the 10th, Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery lifted Haynie (1-1) after 130 pitches, six hits, 13 strikeouts, three walks (two in eighth) and three hit batters.

Broadneck had runners on first and third with two out, when left-hander Pat Crawford was summoned to pitch to left-handed hitter Adam Simonsen.

After Old Mill didn't bite on a fake fall by the runner on first, Stover called for his runner on first to intentionally get picked off, and when he did, Bramble ran home, beating the throw from shortstop Phil McGinnis to make it 2-1 Bruins.

The tying run scored on a triple by Haney.

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