Pioneers stumble again in 8-7 loss

April 22, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Twenty-three days had passed since Anne Arundel Community College's baseball team lost a one-run game to Catonsville that still gnawed at coach Clayton Jacobson.

If his players were trying to make it up to him yesterday, they did a miserable job.

The Pioneers committed six errors, blew a five-run lead and lost, 8-7, to the host Cardinals (13-8), who scored twice in the last inning to overcome their own sloppiness.

The game featured 10 pitchers and 11 errors. Five players were thrown out at home plate, including Catonsville's Joe Goldberg for the second out of the ninth inning.

A single by Jason Green loaded the bases, and Archbishop Spalding graduate John Hall launched a fly ball over the center fielder's head, scoring two unearned runs.

"We haven't looked that well the past few games, but we knew we were going to come out of it," said Hall, who reached base four times and knocked in two runs.

Craig Everett (Northeast), the Pioneers' seventh pitcher, began the inning by retiring Jordan Stellers on a grounder to third. Goldberg walked, and shortstop John Young and third baseman Ryan Scott made back-to-back errors on sharp grounders.

On the second one, left fielder Chris Durocher charged the ball and gunned down Goldberg on a close play at home, with catcher Rich Spiegel applying the tag. But Everett couldn't get the last out.

"We can't catch the ball, we can't field the ball, we can't throw the ball," Jacobson said. "There's not much you can do about that."

Anne Arundel (20-9) had broken a 6-6 tie in the top of the ninth when consecutive errors to open the inning brought home Jim Taylor. The visitors loaded the bases with no outs, but couldn't push across another run, which proved costly.

Because his team has doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday, Jacobson limited the number of innings that his pitchers could throw yesterday.

That way, he would have enough rested arms for the weekend.

"It didn't matter who we had in there pitching tonight," Jacobson said. "When you play like that, pitching doesn't make any difference. There weren't many earned runs, and that doesn't even count mental errors."

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