Severna Park shells Glen Burnie

May 12, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

No sooner were the words out of Severna Park coach Jim Pitt's mouth when his team backed them up.

"This is one of the best hitting teams I've had, if not the best," Pitt said before the game with Glen Burnie.

Pitt has had a lot of them. Since his playing days at the University of Maryland and in the Minnesota Twins organization, Pitt has been coaching for 26 years.

No. 12 Severna Park (12-5) erupted for 20 hits to defeat host Glen Burnie (9-10), 20-8, yesterday.

In the second inning, the Falcons sent 12 players to the plate.

By the second inning, Eric Kunkel had four RBIs.

By the fourth inning, Scott Neuberger was 4-for-4 and had scored four runs.

By the fifth inning, Pitt was substituting freely.

By game's end, Severna Park had four doubles and a triple.

It was that kind of bountiful day for Severna Park. For the ninth time this season, the Falcons reached double digits in scoring.

"Our pitching is average and we haven't played well defensively lately, but we can crush the ball," Pitt said. "That's been the case all season."

The victory helped keep alive the Falcons' hopes of gaining the second seed for the 4A East Region playoffs. Next, they will have to beat No. 2 Arundel tomorrow.

"We're in contention with Old Mill for that second seed," Pitt said. "We would like to get the home-field advantage as the No. 2 seed."

Severna Park jumped to a 3-0 lead in the opening inning, combining two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch with two hits. The big blow was Kunkel's two-run triple.

In the second inning, the Falcons shelled Glen Burnie starter Chuck Harris for nine more runs. They rapped out six hits, with Kunkel again providing the big one, a two-run double.

To get the final out of the inning, Glen Burnie coach Bruce Sider brought in Brad Brady from second base. Brady gave up eight more runs before yielding to Desmond Dailey, who started the game at shortstop. Dailey retired the final six batters in order.

It has been a trying week for Glen Burnie. It has lost three games in three days, including one to Arundel.

"We beat Arundel in every facet, except the score," Sider said. "The games Monday and Tuesday were the ones we needed for even a slim shot at the playoffs."

Yesterday's game was one Sider would like to forget. The Gophers exhibited punch when they were hopelessly behind, scoring four runs in the seventh inning, but the pitching had lost the game long before.

"We had two games last Thursday, then Monday, Tuesday and today," Sider said. "We just ran out of pitching. We needed to save someone for our next game tomorrow."

The telling factor, however, was Severna Park's offense.

"It was," Sider said, "the best hitting team we've faced this year."

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