Old Mill wins 2 against Chesapeake

April 21, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Often the difference in the contenders and the pretenders in baseball is the ability to win the close games, especially the one-run games.

No. 2 Old Mill (9-1) took two close games from No. 12 Chesapeake in Lake Shore yesterday to remain unbeaten in Anne Arundel County 4A League action.

Ryan Wood's booming homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth, in the completion of a game suspended at Old Mill nearly three weeks ago, gave the Patriots a 7-6 victory and propelled a sweep of the Cougars (4-5).

Senior right-hander Mike Bussey (2-0) got the win in the first game. Old Mill took the second game, 4-2, as Bussey got the save for Ken Pumphrey (4-0). Sophomore third baseman Brian Bogle homered in the seventh inning in that game.

Old Mill is now 5-1 in close games, 4-1 in one-run contests. In contrast, the Cougars have dropped two games by a run and two by two runs.

NB "We knew if we won the first game, we would be in the driver's

seat for the second game," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery.

"Our pitching is what keeps us winning. Bussey and Pumphrey were outstanding today."

Bussey had retired six Cougars in a row, two by strikeouts, in the suspended game that was called because of darkness on March 31. After seven innings, the score was tied at six.

He almost got the win in the bottom of the eighth when Josh Fretz streaked home with one out on a wild pitch, but a perfect throw from the backstop by catcher Luis Falcon to pitcher Jason White nabbed Fretz by inches.

White (1-2), who was in a first- and second-base jam when Fretz reached on an error and Chuck Manns beat out a bunt for a hit to start the inning, then got Jimmy Greer to fly out to end the threat.

Wood started the bottom of the ninth by working the count to 2-1 before jumping on a White fastball and hitting it the 324-foot sign in left center for his fourth homer of the spring.

"We came in here intent on winning two, and Ryan's home run gave us momentum," said Montgomery.

The momentum carried over into the second game as the Patriots struck for two first-inning runs thanks to a pair of two-out balks by Chesapeake starter Randy Clifford.

The Pats added a third run in the second on two walks off Clifford, a double by Fretz off reliever Chris Kintop, sending Jeff Haynie to third, and Joe Barnes' sacrifice fly to center.

Kintop was superb in relief the rest of the way, save for Bogle's homer with one out in the seventh and kept the Cougars in the game.

Chesapeake could manage only two runs off Pumphrey in 5 1/3 innings (103 pitches, six hits, three walks, one hit batter and seven strikeouts).

Pumphrey , who was hit in the shoulder blade by a thrown ball in practice Tuesday, needed only 27 pitches in the first two innings to get the Cougars out.

In the third inning with one out, Pumphrey walked a man, then struck out Derek Blood, but the batter reached on an error by catcher Mike Longazel. RBI singles by White and Falcon made it a 3-2 game before Pumphrey escaped the inning.

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