Arundel comes out big winner after Oriolelanders, stars split

September 06, 1993|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Contributing Writer

For seven of the participants in yesterday's annual meeting between the Oriolelanders and The Baltimore Sun Anne Arundel County All-Stars, there were no winners or losers.

The teams split a doubleheader at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans, with five members of the defending Class 4A state champion Arundel baseball team playing for the Sun Stars, 8-7 winners of Game 2, while two others got the call for the Oriolelanders, 6-1 victors in the first game.

"That says a lot about our school and about Anne Arundel County," said Jeff Hedrick of the Sun Stars, who was named Best Defensive Player. "It's weird facing [your teammates], but it's also a lot of fun."

Arundel senior Brandon Agamennone picked up the win in Game 1 for the Oriolelanders -- a group of pro and college prospects selected by Baltimore Orioles scouting supervisor Jim Gilbert and his staff. The Oriolelanders pitched four county residents in the two games.

In the second game, Hedrick reached base three times, and scored a pair of runs to lead the Sun Stars.

"It feels good to split," said Sun Stars coach Pat O'Malley, whose team trails the overall series, 10-5. "They draw players from all over the mid-Atlantic region. To get a split with them is a real feat."

The Oriolelanders appeared ready to pull off the sweep.

Run-producing singles by Brandit Childs and Andy Bair staked the Oriolelanders to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of Game 2. But then the Sun Stars took command, scoring three in the first, four in the second and one in the third en route to victory.

In the opener, the Oriolelanders jumped on top quickly. Leadoff hitter Derek Brown sent Jason White's first pitch over the left-field fence for a 1-0 lead.

They extended the lead to 3-0 later in the inning when Manny Rivas singled to left to score Jason Rummel and Damon Smith.

Meanwhile, Agamennone, an All-Metro right-hander from Class 4A state champion Arundel, took command, throttling the Sun Stars on two singles through five innings.

The all-stars finally broke through for a run in the sixth when Jason Hedrick's grounder rolled though the legs of second baseman Jason Rummel, scoring Kevyn Dodson to cut the lead to 3-1.

After the Oriolelanders extended their lead to 5-1 on a run-scoring error and bases-loaded walk in the eighth, the all-stars had a good scoring chance snubbed out in the bottom of the inning.

Cleanup hitter Rich Spiegel crushed a line drive inches foul down the left-field line with the bases loaded and two outs. Three pitches later, he struck out.

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