Late runs lift South stars, 5-3 Arundel's Noon drives in winner

August 01, 1994|By Lori Van Lonkhuyzen | Lori Van Lonkhuyzen,Sun Staff Writer

Storm clouds rolled overhead and thunder rumbled, but it was nothing the players in yesterday's Crown High School All-Star baseball game, Part II hadn't seen or heard before.

In fact, it was almost expected that the day the all-stars from around the state gathered at Camden Yards to resume a game that was suspended by rain on June 19, gray clouds would appear.

But Mother Nature only threatened, she never produced, and the all-stars were able to complete their game, with the South winning, 5-3.

The fact that the game had to be played in two parts didn't seem to bother the players.

"It's just a great feeling going out on the field," Arundel High shortstop Jeff Hedrick said. "It wouldn't mean as much playing on some regular high school field. The field is great."

The game resumed in the top of the third with the North leading 1-0. In the fourth, the South scored three runs. Thomas Stone's Sean Hyson and Arundel's Brandon Agamennone hit singles and Ryan Wood doubled over left fielder Josh Katz's head to bring them both home. Another Thomas Stone player, pitcher Wayne Fowler, then doubled to score Wood.

Later, with the score tied at three in the top of the seventh inning, Easton's Chris Blue walked and advanced to second on a single to right field by Glenelg's Matt Morraye.

Arundel's Wade Rolocut popped out to second, but fellow Wildcat Hedrick beat out an infield single to load the bases for J.P. Noon.

Noon, a recent Arundel grad, hit a fly ball to right, deep enough for Blue to score the go-ahead run. Centennial's Dave Hudson then singled to right, bringing in Morraye and making it 5-3.

Thomas Stone's Sean Hyson popped out to first to end the inning, but the South had all the runs it would need.

"I got under it a little," Noon said of his sacrifice fly. "But it scored the run, that's what's important. I didn't want the game to end in a tie. I was excited when I got up with the bases loaded."

Fowler got into a little trouble in the bottom of the inning, walking Boonesboro's Tom Thompson with one out and giving up a ground-rule double to Pikesville's Katz. But Smithsburg's Kevin Crawford struck out and Thomas Johnson's Mike Anders flied out.

Agamennone, who pitched two innings yesterday, won the pitchers MVP award. He picked up the pitching assignment where pitcher Kenneth Pumphrey had left off in the last game. Agamennone gave up two hits, no runs, walked one and struck out three.

Morraye (3-for-4 with a double and two singles) won the batting MVP title.

South 000 300 2 -- 5 7 3

North 100 020 0 -- 3 4 2

Pumphrey, Agamennone, Fowler and Hyson; Anders, Moore, Eichelberger and Sebold.

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