No. 8 North County stuns No. 2 Arundel, 4-1, for first win over Wildcats

April 13, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Mike Wooden scattered five hits and his teammates played flawlessly behind him as No. 8 North County (3-1) upset No. 2 Arundel, 4-1, in Linthicum yesterday.

It was only the second county loss for the defending state 4A champions in two years and left the Wildcats BASEBALL

4-2. Arundel's other loss was to top-ranked Calvert Hall in the final of the Wildcats' Easter Tournament.

It was the first victory over Arundel for the 4-year-old North County.

"It feels great, beating the national champs [Arundel was No. 1 in Collegiate Baseball last year] is something every pitcher wants to do," said Wooden. "A win like this proves we can play with them. It hasn't sunk in yet."

Arundel ace Brandon Agamennone (2-2) matched Wooden (1-1) with a five-hitter, but gave up a clutch double to Bob Christopher in the first and an infield hit to Tweety Barton in the fifth for two runs. Three errors cost him two unearned runs.

The Knights touched him for single runs in each of the first three innings and one more in the fifth while going down in order only in the fourth and sixth innings.

In the first, Wooden walked with two outs and scored from first when Christopher drilled a double down the right-field line. John Bermudez singled with one in the second, stole second and scored when third baseman Jamie Stoddard threw away Steve Tomshack's infield hit.

Knights' catcher Mike Saffield scored in the third on a wild pitch. TTC Saffield led off the inning with a walk, stole second and moved to third when second baseman Casey Trout booted Wooden's grounder.

Agamennone's throwing error on a sacrifice bunt put Justin Rice on third and he later scored with two outs when the Arundel pitcher had no play on Barton's squib down third.

"We're just not playing well defensively," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter.

Wooden, who led the county in regular-season strikeouts last year, only struck out two, but he didn't need strikeouts because the Knights' infield played great defense behind him.

"Mike didn't get his normal amount of strikeouts, but he threw well and our infield came through," said North County coach Don Usewick.

The Knights executed double plays to thwart two Arundel threats, including one to end the game.

Middle infielders Scott Shamleffer and Steve Tomshack handled six chances each (four assists, two putouts) without an error.

Third baseman Matt Lentz had three assists.

"I think we can expect games like this most of the season," said Usewick. "It's going to be hard for anyone to run away with the league this year."

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