Arundel's ace returns to form

April 30, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

The real Brandon Agamennone pitched in Gambrills last night.

It was the Aggie who pitched Arundel to the state 4A championship last spring going 8-0 and earning All-Metro honors, not the one who had struggled to a 4-2 record this spring.

Thursday Agamennone had a huge burden lifted -- he was accepted at Maryland -- and went out last night and pitched a one-hitter to lead No. 3 Arundel (12-2) to an 8-0 victory over No. 10 Broadneck (8-4). Striking out seven and not walking a batter, Agamennone threw a mere 67 pitches.

"It was a big weight off my shoulders because Maryland is where I've always wanted to pitch," said Agamennone.

Maryland made the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Wildcat right-hander a scholarship offer that he is likely to accept.

"Being finally accepted academically feels great and I will talk it over with my parents," said Agamennone. "I will most likely accept because I've always wanted to pitch in the ACC and Jimmy Terrell is an excellent pitching coach who I can grow under."

The mental burden of worrying about being accepted by Maryland's standards had taken its toll on Agamennone, said Arundel coach Bernie Walter.

"He was outstanding tonight. It was the Aggie we all know and that is a welcome sight," said Walter.

"Worrying about being accepted was a big burden and now that it's off his shoulders, he's back in gear."

Agamennone hooked up in a pitcher's duel with Broadneck's Sean Ryan (5-2) and had only a 2-0 lead going into the sixth inning.

Arundel scored an unearned run in the first when Jeff Hedrick reached on a throwing error by shortstop Dan Gerbasi with two outs. Gerbasi's overthrow put Hedrick on second and catcher J. P. Noon singled to right to score the run.

Kevyn Dodson scored the second run in the fourth with two outs on a balk. Ryan moved the ball in his glove and home plate jTC umpire Dave Ferris saw it.

Meanwhile Agamennone was coasting on a no-hitter and had retired nine Bruins in a row until Gerbasi got an infield hit over the bag at second with two outs in the sixth.

Ryan took a three-hitter with nine strikeouts into the bottom of the sixth, but the Wildcats scored six times on five hits. Casey Trout's two-run double was the big blow in the decisive frame.

"Arundel is like a shark. They smell the blood and come after you," said Broadneck coach Mark Stover.

"Aggie is tough when that split finger is working like it was tonight."

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