Arundel halts Chesapeake, 7-0

April 09, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

His delivery has been embellished by a turn of his head to second and a split finger has been added to his repertoire, but when it comes to a big game in Anne Arundel County, it's the same old Aggie.

Nobody has done it better in big games in the county the last two years than Arundel High's Brandon Agamennone. Coming off his first loss in two years, Agamennone stopped No. 5 Chesapeake (2-1) on two hits, 7-0, in Lake Shore yesterday.

Agamennone struck out eight and walked one in throwing just 84 pitches. Junior shortstop Billy Dierker had Chesapeake's two hits, a double in the fourth and an infield hit in the sixth.

In leading the No. 3 Wildcats (3-1) to the victory, Agamennone also had two hits. Senior shortstop Jeff Hedrick homered and went 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and center fielder Wade Rolocut was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

"The loss to Calvert Hall [3-1 in the final of the Arundel Easter Tournament last Saturday] was frustrating, and it was important for us to come back and win," said Agamennone, 10-1 with four saves in the past two seasons for the defending state Class 4A champions.

Agamennone had total command of his offerings. He just looked little different doing it.

"Yes, I added that this year, looking away from the hitter toward second and then looking home as I start to drive," he said. "It keeps me from aiming the ball, and I added the split finger this year. It's a lot like my slider the way it breaks down."

The host Cougars hacked at those two pitches plus his curveball and according to coach Bernie Walter, Agamennone's "two fastballs."

"Aggie throws a four-seam and a two-seam fastball," said Walter. "He's just an outstanding pitcher. What can you say?"

Chesapeake starter and loser Jason White (0-1) got the first two Wildcats, but Hedrick lofted a bases-empty homer over the left-field fence just to the right of the 300-foot sign to give Arundel a 1-0 lead.

The Wildcats added two in the third on Hedrick's single to center and a double down the left-field line by first baseman J. P. Noon. White was lifted in the fourth after Agamennone's single to right-center made it 4-0.

Batting first in the order is also something new for Agamennone.

"I like it, and, yes, it's the first time, but Coach Walter can use a courtesy runner when I get on," said Agamennone.

With the way Agamennone was pitching, the Wildcats could have stopped after Hedrick's home run. He got five of his eight strikeouts in the first four innings and three in the fifth with a walk sandwiched in between.

He had retired seven in a row before Dierker hit one into the right-field corner leading off the fourth. Dierker, who reached all three times he batted (on an error in the first and the two hits), was cut down attempting to stretch his double into a triple.

Dierker's infield hit came with two out in the sixth and should have been a foul ball. The ground ball hit the infield lip down the third-base line in foul territory and took an odd bounce back into fair territory with Dierker beating third baseman Casey Trout's throw.

Despite making five errors, the Cougars only had one of the miscues result in a run.

Besides Dierker's hits, the only other Chesapeake bright spots were two double plays started by Dierker at shortstop.

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