Offense does job for Old Mill Patriots breeze by Patterson, 12-4 Baseball

May 22, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Old Mill pitcher Lee Haney didn't have his best stuff against 13th-ranked Patterson, but in yesterday's 12-4 victory, he got by with a little help from his friends.

Yielding just one error and nailing the Clippers' ace, John Sauer, for nine of their 12 hits, the fifth-ranked Patriots helped Haney to overcome control problems in their Class 4A, Region IV semifinal.

Today's noon regional championship game pits the third-seed Patriots (14-5) against top-ranked and top-seeded Arundel, a 1-0 winner over Chesapeake in yesterday's other semifinal.

"I didn't throw my best today, but it was good that our offense stepped up," said Haney (7-1, 1.93 ERA), who allowed just three hits in six innings with nine strikeouts and eight walks. He also was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

Old Mill's No. 9 batter, second baseman Josh Fretz, had the best day, going 3-for-5 with three RBI, including a run-scoring single, which made it 5-2 in a three-hit, three-run sixth that gave the Patriots a 6-2 lead.

Sauer (6-3, 89 strikeouts, 1.38 ERA) left with none out in the seventh with seven each in strikeouts and walks, three times fanning Old Mill's heavy-hitting Ryan Dempsey (1-for-4), who has seven home runs.

Sauer (26 RBI) had a final inning RBI triple -- his fourth triple of the year -- to make it 12-3, before scoring his 27th run on a sacrifice fly by Vince Storto.

Phil McGinnis (2-for-6), Justin Greshko (1-for-4) and Andrew Lewis (1-for-4) each had an RBI for Old Mill, and the Patriots scored four times on Patterson errors, of which there were

seven.

"I think we were a little tight today," said coach Roger Wrenn, whose Clippers (14-5) ended last season as the area's top-ranked team at 20-1. "I tried to get them to relax for the game, but they just seemed too nervous."

The Patriots led, 1-0, after McGinnis' RBI single in the first, but the Clippers tied it in the second after Willie McGirt walked, stole second, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Ernie Barrett's sacrifice fly.

Old Mill went up, 3-1, after Greshko's third-inning single scored pinch runner Chad Isbell, and Jim Greer scored on an error, but it was 3-2 after Patterson's Ron Green doubled in the bottom of the inning, stole second and came home on a double steal.

Two innings later, however, the Patriots got to Sauer for a four-run lead. Old Mill added a seventh run in the sixth before closing with a five-hit, five-run seventh.

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