Borro leads Broadneck over Old Mill for tourney title

April 14, 1995|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Until yesterday, Broadneck junior Domenic Borro had pitched only in relief. And with less than sterling results.

"He's been struggling," said coach Mark Stover. "I figured, we're going to find out today whether he's for real."

He sure looked like the real thing to No. 8 Old Mill.

Making his first varsity start, Borro scattered eight hits and struck out five, leading No. 17 Broadneck to a 4-1 win in the title game of the Holiday Bruin Baseball Tournament.

This is Broadneck's second consecutive championship, and third overall. Old Mill won it five times, most recently in 1989.

Borro escaped a mild jam in the seventh, getting Brian Bogle to fly out with a runner on second. He raised his arms and jumped in the air before being mobbed by his teammates.

"I was scared as heck, but once I got on the mound, everything just fell into place," he said. "I was working on my fastball and my curveball. I didn't throw the changeup too much because I was throwing my fastball a little bit off-speed. My curveball worked the best, though."

He was staked to an early lead. Steve Heidler singled in a run in the first inning, and Todd Betz did likewise in the second after two Old Mill errors with two outs.

The lead grew to 4-0 in the third. Jim Pavao singled off Patriots starter Craig Haney (1-1), moved to third on an errant pickoff throw and scored on a sacrifice fly by Heidler. Infield hits by Mike Chaney and Brian Forthofer loaded the bases with one out, and Robert Wakefield flied to left to score Dan Gerbasi, who had been hit by a pitch.

Old Mill's only run came in the fifth on singles by Joe Barnes and Tim McGurk and a double by Chuck Manns.

Borro fell into more trouble in the sixth after two-out singles by Jon Kelly and Adam Tetlow, but he struck out David Stokes.

Broadneck's defense, which has been shaky all season, rescued Borro on a couple of occasions yesterday.

"I've been telling the kids that, as well as we hit, we're going to be in a lot of games," said Stover, whose team is 8-1.

They made three errors in the opening game of the tournament, an 8-3 victory over Archbishop Curley. Gerbasi picked up his first win, allowing seven hits.

Catcher Alan Way belted a home run to left that Stover estimated at 380 feet. Way is the first Bruin ever to clear the fence, and the fifth player overall in high school competition.

"I didn't know that until I got back into the dugout. I had no idea," he said.

Old Mill (7-2) got to the final with a 12-2 win over Loyola that was stopped in the sixth inning.

Sophomore Mike Ziegler (3-0) gave up eight hits and struck out seven. He allowed a run-scoring double to Damien Austin in the first inning and loaded the bases with no outs, then struck out the next three batters.

A fielder's choice grounder by Bogle tied the score in the first, and Old Mill went ahead, 6-1 in the fourth on four hits off senior right-hander Jeremy Smith and two Loyola errors. Barnes and McGurk each singled in a run, and Manns stroked an RBI double to left-center. Manns reached base all eight times he batted yesterday.

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