Old Mill win may clinch a top seed

May 10, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Old Mill pitcher Jeff Haynie sweated out a bumpy ride yesterday before his team beat Severna Park, 6-5, in Millersville.

The victory all but clinches one of the top two seeds with Arundel (15-1, leads region) in the Class 4A East Region playoffs for the Patriots.

No. 4 Old Mill is 13-3 in games that count toward the playoffs while No. 12 Severna Park (11-5) is fighting for one of the final two spots.

Haynie, a right-hander with a nifty slider, spun a six-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks.

His teammates overcame a 5-0 deficit after the top of the fourth inning and pecked away until sophomore third baseman Brian Bogle delivered the game-winning hit in the bottom of the sixth.

At the start, Haynie (3-1) was elated that coach Mel Montgomery had given him a chance to avenge last Thursday's 13-1 rout at Severna Park, in which he and starter Ken Pumhrey were rocked.

However, Haynie's joy soon turned to fear of a repeat nightmare as the Falcons took a 5-0 lead. Shane Norgard's two-run triple in the second produced the first two runs and Brad Tippin's bases-empty blast over the left-field fence in the third made it 3-0.

Matt Griswold launched a two-run rocket over the right-center field fence in the fourth and the Falcons loaded the bases with one out. Haynie then got the Falcons' Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in Mike Fleming and Tippin on a strikeout and ground out to end the inning.

It was during those two outs that Haynie got in a groove. He had given up six hits through the first four innings and held the potent Falcons hitless the final three innings.

"I just didn't feel good until the last couple innings when my slider started working and I was changing speeds on them," said Haynie.

Severna Park coach Jim Pitt agreed and said that Haynie "made us hit his pitch from the fourth inning on. Our pitching was good enough to win, but we missed our opportunity in the sixth."

Haynie gave up back-to-back walks with two out in the sixth but got Fleming on a fly ball to center. Meanwhile, his teammates had tied the game and were ready to get the game-winner.

An RBI single by Mike Bussey and a sacrifice fly by Josh Fretz got back two runs in the fourth, and Mike Longazel's double off the left-field fence started a three-run rally to tie the game in the fifth.

Falcons starter Sean Miller hit Bussey with the bases loaded to make it 5-3 and was replaced by Brad Ruffell. A fielder's choice by Haynie with the Severna Park infield drawn in made it 5-4, and Pumphrey's bunt down the third-base line tied the game.

Joe Barnes singled in the bottom of the sixth, and Longazel was hit by a pitch. Bogle hit a 1-2 pitch to center that brought Barnes home.

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