Old Mill bounces back, throttles Broadneck 8-1

May 07, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

A one-run, extra-inning loss to Broadneck in the final of the Bruins' Easter tournament still was fresh in the minds of Old Mill's players going into yesterday's rematch in Cape St. Claire.

But so was Thursday's 13-1 pounding at the hands of Severna Park, which left coach Mel Montgomery wondering how his team would respond.

"I wasn't even going to address that," Montgomery said. "I left it up to them today what they wanted to do. I told them, 'I'm done talking to you. If you're going to do anything, you're going to have to do it yourself. Make up your mind what you're going to do and go do it.' That's all I said."

That was enough.

Leadoff batter Mike Longazel reached base five times and knocked in two runs, No. 9 hitter Joe Barnes tripled twice and scored two runs, and senior pitcher Mike Bussey turned in seven strong innings in an 8-1 victory over eighth-ranked Broadneck.

"We play day by day," said Longazel, a senior catcher who had three singles, was hit by a pitch and reached when a third strike got past catcher Alan Way. "We were just unfortunate [Thursday], and we were going to come back and hit the ball today."

The third-ranked Patriots certainly did that, collecting 14 hits.

Neither team had its ace available.

Old Mill's Ken Pumphrey absorbed the loss against Severna Park, and Broadneck's Sean Ryan faced South River on Thursday.

It was up to Bussey, a 6-foot-4 right-hander, to get the Patriots (13-4) a much-needed win, which he did by limiting Broadneck (11-5) to five hits and a sixth-inning run.

Broadneck countered with junior Dan Gerbasi, who fell into immediate trouble and lasted just two innings.

Longazel began the first inning with a single to right-center field, and one out later, Jim Greer reached on a slow bouncer to the left side.

Gerbasi retired Ryan Wood for the second out.

Bussey then sent a long fly ball to left that Brian Zimmerman ran down as he fell to his knees, but the ball popped out of his glove and two runs scored.

Jeff Haynie (3-for-4) followed with a double down the right-field line for a 3-0 lead.

In the second, Josh Fretz singled to center and Barnes tripled to the fence in left. Longazel brought him home with a bloop single to left.

Senior Dan Lynch entered in the third inning and gave up three runs and eight hits before giving way to left-hander John Totherow with none out in the seventh.

Barnes led off the sixth with his second triple, and Longazel drove him in with a bouncing single. The visitors then added two more runs in the seventh. Chuck Manns had an RBI single and Fretz doubled him home.

Broadneck's only run came when Adam Simonsen doubled, moved to third on Way's single to shallow right and scored on a fielder's choice grounder by Keith Haines.

"I told the kids that when you get Old Mill coming in in a situation like that, they're either going to come in down or very focused. Obviously, the second happened," said Broadneck coach Mark Stover. "They hit the ball and they did the things it took to win."

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