Today's big for Old Mill, Chesapeake

SIDELINES

April 20, 1994|By PAT O'MALLEY

What happens in Lake Shore today could have a lot to do with who qualifies for the Class 4A East Region baseball playoffs.

No. 2 Old Mill (7-1) visits No. 12 Chesapeake (4-3) and the two contenders will finish a 6-6 tie from March 29 and hope to have time to play the regularly scheduled game.

Old Mill is the county's only unbeaten team in 4A league play and a sweep today would put the Patriots in the driver's seat for a high seed. The only loss for the Patriots came in the Broadneck Easter Tournament and doesn't count toward the playoffs.

All three Chesapeake losses occurred in regular-season games, which count toward the playoffs. With just four teams qualifying for postseason play, the Cougars can't afford to lose two today. Five losses at this stage of the game would be a lot.

Both starting pitchers from the tie game are expected to start the resumed game. Ken Pumphrey of Old Mill and Jason White of Chesapeake both were knocked out before darkness halted the game after seven innings.

Pumphrey has gone 3-0 since that game while White is 1-1 with 22 strikeouts in his past 12 innings, including nine in a one-hit victory by 3-1 over Broadneck on Friday. The way the two are pitching, the tie could go on for awhile.

The first meeting was at Old Mill, so the Patriots will be the home team in the suspended game with Chesapeake's No. 8 hitter, right fielder Justin Wilde scheduled to lead off the top of the eighth. No. 9 hitter Josh Fretz is due up for Old Mill in the bottom of the eighth.

"It could make or break our season," said Chesapeake coach Jim Simms, after a tough 3-1 loss to No. 10 North County on Monday. "We don't expect to have any easy games in this league."

North County coach Don Usewick agreed, "That's why it's important to get an early lead. It gives you confidence and it seems like the team that gets on top first ends up winning."

No truer words have been spoken. The first run today at Chesapeake could mean two wins, because the momentum certainly will be on the side of the club that wins the tie game.

Third-ranked Arundel (7-2, one loss counts), the defending state 4A champion, is another contender, and No. 20 Severna Park (5-2) has been sneaking up on the top teams.

Severna Park hammered Class 3A Broadneck, 11-1, Monday and is certainly in the hunt along with a couple Calvert County teams in Northern and Calvert.

The Falcons are as good a hitting club (Tim Williams and Scott Neuberger, four homers each) from top to bottom as any in the county, but their big test comes at the end of the season.

The Falcons play four of their last seven games with Arundel and Old Mill (two each), a fifth with North County (lost season opener to Falcons, 7-1) and another with fast-improving Glen Burnie (4-3).

Glen Burnie edged Southern, 2-1, Monday with Chuck Harris throwing five innings of two-hit ball for the win and Mike Bronakoski two scoreless innings for the save.

Navy women beat Army

The Navy women's club lacrosse team had a great weekend in New York. The Mids ran their record to 6-0 with a 14-13 thriller over archrival Army at West Point on Saturday and a 12-8 triumph at Manhattanville Sunday.

Down by five goals early in the first half, Navy rallied to tie Army 8-8 at intermission and went on to take the one-goal victory on the fourth goal of the game by Deb Roberge.

"There was a little controversy at the end, but Army's last shot [went in] in the final seconds after the clock ran out," said coach Ann Wallace.

Lea Wilson and Kim Cowling scored three goals each for Navy while Amy Morrison and Sara Wright each scored two. Melissa Pratt had 12 saves.

Morrison fired in four more goals the next day against Manhattanville and Dawn Corcoran, Roberge and Wright chipped in with two apiece. Jen Mills rejected nine shots in goal.

Pleyo moves on

Former Northeast High All-County basketball player (1992) Gene Pleyo, who sparkled the past two years at Anne Arundel Community College, is headed for Division III Virginia Wesleyan.

Pleyo averaged 22.0 points and 6.0 rebounds for the Pioneers this past season.

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