Severna Park gets mad over play, then gets going to beat Old Mill

May 10, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

When Old Mill scored twice in the top of the third inning to lead 2-1 yesterday, Severna Park coach Wayne Mook said, "It made our kids mad."

The No. 4 Falcons (13-3) didn't keep their anger bottled up for long, sending nine batters to the plate in the bottom of the inning and scoring five runs on six hits in a 6-2 victory over the sixth-ranked Patriots.

The win strengthened Severna Park's playoff chances in a week that also includes games against No. 5 Glen Burnie tomorrow and No. 6 Arundel on Friday.

Old Mill (11-5) also remains in the hunt, but must play Arundel tomorrow and Glen Burnie on Thursday.

Mook wouldn't call yesterday's game a "must-win" situation, but he knows any loss is damaging at this stage. So his team went out and defeated Old Mill for the second time in four days, relying on the resilient right arm of sophomore pitcher Christy Huber, who picked up four wins last week.

Yesterday, she allowed seven hits -- including two each by Natalie Bell, Amanda Kopchinski and Jen Miller -- and struck out seven.

The only troublesome inning wasn't entirely her fault. Jen Mock led off with a single to right, and she went to third when the ball got by Amy Senger. Mock was thrown out at the plate on Brandi Pennington's grounder to third baseman Megan Smith, but Bell reached on an infield hit, and a wild pitch tied the score.

Kopchinski then popped up to the left side, and the ball dropped behind shortstop Alli Adams for a double and a 2-1 lead.

"Sometimes we have innings like that," Huber said. "Usually we settle down."

And sometimes they erupt.

The first five batters singled off Old Mill senior Angie Mihalik in the third, with Melissa Snyder and Jen Avent each knocking in one run and Amanda Melgaard delivering two. Angela DeSalvo hit her second double with one out, bringing home the fifth run of the inning.

Mihalik retired the next seven batters and 10 of the last 12.

"I think every game we've lost, we've lost it on one inning," Old Mill coach Lori Darnall said. "They hit the ball well. I told my girls we couldn't win if we didn't hit, but they hit it better."

Severna Park had taken a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Brianna Weidman reached on an infield single, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Mihalik got the next two outs before Avent singled to center.

Avent moved to second on a passed ball, but she was stranded when Bell made a great running catch in center field to rob Melgaard of an extra-base hit.

That wasn't the only defensive gem. Snyder made a shoe-string catch in center field on a sinking liner by Mihalik with a runner on second and two outs.

"Severna Park did everything right," Darnall said.

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