No. 4 Patriots work over North County, 4-1

April 15, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

Pitcher Ken Pumphrey was just one of several players on the No. 4 Old Mill baseball team who arrived at school early yesterday morning to help revive a drowning infield.

They took turns raking dirt, pushing away standing water and applying drying compound in an effort to save their afternoon game against No. 8 North County.

Later in the day, the lanky right-hander made the hard work pay off.

After looking unhittable through the early innings, Pumphrey went on to allow six hits and one unearned run in his six innings of work, striking out 10 en route to a 4-1 win in a county 4A league game.

For the Patriots starter, beating North County made the back-breaking work seem worthwhile.

"We've been looking forward to this one for a long time," said Pumphrey, who said that the Knights' 4-1 win over No. 2 Arundel Tuesday was a big motivating factor. "We knew they'd be up after beating Arundel, so we wanted to come out here and show them what's what."

The Knights (3-2 overall, 1-2 in the league) helped his cause by stranding seven runners on base -- including four in scoring position -- in the final three innings. With the bases loaded and one out in the seventh, reliever Mike Bussey struck out Mike Saffield and Mike Wooden.

"The other day [against Arundel] we came through with big hits, and today we just couldn't get them," said North County coach Don Usewick. "We kept trying to get something going, but they made the big plays."

The biggest came in the fifth.

With runners at first and third and none out, Steve Tomshack sent a low liner into right field that had it fallen in would have changed the complexion of the game. Instead, right fielder Bussey ran it down and fired a one-hop bullet to the plate to nail Dave Saffield sliding home.

Old Mill (4-1, 3-0) broke on top early against North County starter Bobby Christopher, scoring one in the second on an RBI single by catcher Mike Longazel, and three more in the third, including two on shortstop Ryan Wood's double.

* Gilman 7, Calvert Hall 6: Lenny Kagan drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the eighth inning as No. 13 Gilman (5-0) edged top-ranked and host Calvert Hall.

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