Broadneck cruises by Sev. Park

April 13, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Broadneck coach Mark Stover called it "a big bounce-back game," an important win after Monday's disappointing loss to Chesapeake.

Todd Betz and Dan Gerbasi each homered and knocked in two runs, and senior left-hander John Totherow went the distance in No. 17 Broadneck's 10-4 romp at No. 11 Severna Park yesterday.

The Bruins (6-1) collected 10 hits off two pitchers and were aided by a couple of errors by the Falcons to lead, 8-0, in the fifth inning.

Severna Park's Matt Griswold hit a three-run homer over the fence in right in the bottom of the fifth, but Broadneck scored twice in the sixth.

The Falcons' Scott Neuberger homered in the sixth, his fourth in two games. He has six this season and 13 in his career.

Two days earlier, Broadneck had a season-opening five-game winning streak snapped by Chesapeake, 11-6. Four of those victories came against teams outside the county.

"The level of competition outside this county is not what it is in this county," said Stover.

"Some people looked at that and said, 'Well, you haven't played anybody yet.' But I thought coming in that we could hit with anybody."

Even Severna Park (4-3), which had scored 65 runs in its four wins.

The Falcons loaded the bases with one out in the second but came up empty. Broadneck then scored three times in the third against Severna Park starter Bill Erskine on two hits, two walks and an error.

Kevin Healy walked with one out, and Betz (3-for-4) bounced back to Erskine, who threw to shortstop Scott Vane covering second for the force.

Vane's throw to first skipped past Chris Korzun, and Jim Pavao followed with an RBI double to right-center. Gerbasi then homered to center on Erskine's next pitch.

It became 7-0 in the fourth on three hits and another error.

A leadoff walk to Brian Forthofer and a single by Marty Toskov put runners on the corners. Alan Way drilled a single off the fence in right for a 4-0 lead, causing Falcons coach Jim Pitt to replace Erskine with Peter Buck, who began the game at second.

Third baseman Daryll DeSalvo fielded a bouncer by Healy and threw wildly to second, allowing two more runs to score. Healy was caught in a rundown for the first out, but Betz followed with a homer to center.

"We have a good club. We just need to prove it to all the teams out there, that they can't just come out and run us over," said Betz, a junior left fielder.

Steve Heidler singled to open the fifth and later scored on a two-out balk. Betz delivered another run in the sixth on an infield hit, and a sacrifice fly by Heidler gave Broadneck a 10-3 lead.

It could have been worse if not for a diving catch in left field by Severna Park's Marc Tippin with the bases loaded and one out.

Totherow (3-0) scattered nine hits and struck out three.

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