Arundel gets past Old Mill

April 26, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

A host of pro and college scouts were among the several hundred spectators in Gambrills yesterday to watch two of the county's top pitchers. Most expected a pitcher's duel, but neither Arundel's Brandon Agamennone nor Old Mill's Ken Pumphrey was around at the end.

Neither was as sharp as he usually is , but still managed to keep his respective teams in the game as No. 3 Arundel took a 7-6 squeaker over No. 2 Old Mill leaving both teams 10-2 overall. Shortstop Jeff Hedrick homered and doubled with two RBIs for the victors.

Agamennone got the win while Pumphrey (4-1) suffered his first loss. The 6-foot-5 right-hander, who was clocked in the mid and ** high 80's, was pulled in the sixth. His line was five innings on 93 pitches, seven runs (five earned), nine strikeouts, nine hits and one walk.

Arundel played its third consecutive errorless game and Old Mill committed three costly errors. All three resulted in runs, including what proved to be the game-winner.

The loss was the first for Old Mill in county 4A league play and enabled Arundel to pull into a tie for first place in the league and 4A East Region. The other loss suffered by each came in an Easter Tournament and does not count toward the playoffs.

"It was a big win because it puts us back in first," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, who got a clutch relief job from Wade Rolocut in the final inning.

Still nursing a sprained right ankle (his drive foot off the rubber), Agamennone (4-2) did not pitch but one inning last week (Friday VTC to get ready for Old Mill) with Rolocut winning two games.

Agamennone had a light brace on his ankle yesterday but did not seem to favor the ankle although he was occasionally hunched over after a few pitches. The Arundel ace gave up eight hits, one walk, was charged with all six runs, struck out nine in throwing a season-high 117 pitches before leaving with one out in the seventh and the Wildcats leading 7-4.

Josh Fretz led off the Patriots' final at-bat with a double to left and Agamennone coaxed pinch hitter Ryan Peacock to fly to short right. Mike Longazel singled to right to score Fretz, making it 7-4. Sophomore Brian Bogle lined a shot just out of the reach of first baseman J. P. Noon into right for his second hit of the game.

Two Patriots were on base and Arundel leading 7-4 when assistant coach Nick Jauschnegg visited the mound and summoned Rolocut from center field.

Rolocut (3-0, one save) threw Old Mill's No. 3 hitter Jimmy Greer, who had hit a two-run homer in the third to give the Patriots a 3-1 lead, nothing but curves and got him to fly to right for the second out with the runners holding.

Ryan Wood (3-for-4) knocked in his second run of the game with a single to left, and Mike Bussey singled a 0-2 curve into center for another run.

Pumphrey worked the count to 3-0 before taking two strikes, fouling off a breaking pitch, and striking out for the third time in the game on a fast ball on his fists.

"Wade had great location on that pitch and got the job done," said Walter.

After Old Mill scored a run in the first, Walter's Wildcats answered with a run in the bottom half with Hedrick hammering a low line drive that just cleared the 385-foot sign in left-center. Hedrick later doubled in a run in a three-run third inning when the Wildcats took the lead for good at 4-3.

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