6-run 7th rallies Glen Burnie Baseball

May 11, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

What Severna Park failed to do in the top of the seventh, Glen Burnie did in the bottom yesterday, as the visiting Gophers (7-8) dealt the host Falcons (8-7) an 8-6 loss.

Down 5-2 in their last at-bat, the Gophers erupted for six runs, including a three-run homer by designated hitter Mike Bronakoski, in a slugfest that featured seven home runs, then got a clutch relief effort from sophomore Jay Sponaugle to close it.

A couple of mental mistakes cost the Falcons two chances to make double plays in the last inning, but Sponaugle got John Milisitz (who had homered twice) to hit into a bases-loaded double play started by shortstop Brad Emge.

Sponaugle, who relieved junior Larry Burkindine with the bases loaded and none out, got Mike Fleming to ground to first baseman Matt Griffith, who threw to Sponaugle covering to end it.

The loss appears to have severely damaged the Falcons' Class 4A, Region IV playoff hopes with three games left. Four teams will qualify, and Arundel (13-1) and Chesapeake (12-2) are in the driver's seat for the top two spots, and North County, Old Mill and Patterson are ahead of the Falcons.

"We needed to win this one because we controlled our own destiny with Chesapeake [at Severna Park tomorrow] and Old Mill [away Friday] ahead of us and coming up this week, but we gave the ballgame away," said Severna Park coach Jim Pitt.

The Falcons hit four bases-empty homers, two by Milisitz (his fourth and fifth of the season) and added a fifth run when Jason Keefer was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth.

Brad Tippin had homered in the first to tie the game at 1, and, in the second after Emge had homered for the Gophers, Milisitz lofted his first one high into the woods in left to tie it at 2.

Roy Dietrich and Milisitz led off the Falcons' fourth with back-to-back homers off starter Shawn Mahaney. Later Matt Griswold's bunt single loaded the bases, and after Keefer's walk put the Falcons up 5-2, Gophers coach Len Thomas went to sophomore Chuck Harris.

Harris got No. 2 hitter Byron Druzgal to line to Sponaugle at third, and Sponaugle backhanded the shot and stepped on third to double up Shane Norgard and end the inning.

"Stupid base running in the fourth is where we lost the game," said Pitt.

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