Arundel outlasts Falcons

May 07, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Legendary baseball manager John McGraw once said, "be in a hurry to win, but don't be in a hurry to lose."

The players for No. 2 Arundel weren't even born when McGraw was doing his thing, but they live by those words today.

One day after getting one hit -- a two-out, three-run homer -- and all of its runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Chesapeake, 5-3, Arundel (15-2) survived a no-out, bases-loaded situation in the bottom of the seventh and scored three runs in the top of the eighth to outlast unranked Severna Park, 7-4.

J.P. Noon's two-run homer highlighted the decisive eighth inning and gave reliever Jamie Stoddard (4-0) his second win in two days and the Wildcats their 13th in a row.

Pitching with just two days' rest sophomore Scotty Vane (seven innings, eight hits, one walk, two hit batters, six strikeouts) gave up the Noon homer and suffered the loss, but deserved a better fate.

The Falcons committed six errors behind Vane with two of them resulting in two unearned runs in a four-run fifth for Arundel.

Back-to-back homers by Mike Fleming and Brad Tippin, a double by Eric Kunkel and Brad Ruffell's being hit by a pitch preceded run-scoring singles by Matt Griswold and Shane Norgard to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth.

Arundel had gotten a two-run double by Brandon Agamennone and back-to-back errors by Norgard at third produced the final two runs in the Wildcats' four-run inning.

Severna Park (11-4) blew a golden opportunity to win in the bottom of the seventh.

The Falcons managed to chase Arundel ace Agamennone with the bases loaded and nobody out.

Jason Keefer started the inning with a line single to left-center, and Bill Erskine came in to run for him. Arundel coach Bernie Walter pulled Agamennone for Stoddard.

"Aggie was running out of gas," said Walter. "I almost pulled him in the sixth, but you've got to hang with your ace."

Stoddard's first pitch to Fleming was in the dirt and past catcher Sean Fairbanks advancing Erskine to second. Severna Park coach Jim Pitt took the bunt off and Fleming lined a single to center with Erskine stopping at third.

Walter ordered an intentional walk to Tippin to load the bases and set up a force at home. With the Arundel infield up, Tim Williams rifled a bullet at shortstop Jeff Hedrick. Erskine reacted to the sound and was running home when Hedrick's high throw doubled him off third.

Stoddard coaxed Kunkel into a tapper back to the mound and the Wildcats had escaped their second bases-loaded, no-out situation of the game (other in the fourth).

In the eighth, Hedrick leaned into a curveball. Noon followed with his two-run homer and Kevyn Dodson doubled. Dodson's pinch runner Eric Lundborg scored the third run on an error.

Severna Park had the tying run up, with one out in the bottom of the eighth, but Stoddard got Scott Neuberger (.590) on a pop to short and struck out Keefer swinging on a 3-2 pitch to end it.

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