Barnes, Bogle team up to lead Old Mill's 6-2 win Patriots duo too hard to handle for Broadneck

March 23, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

After watching Old Mill's Joe Barnes and Brian Bogle hit, run and field impressively yesterday in a driving, bitterly cold wind that stirred up snow flurries at Broadneck, one has to wonder what these two talented players will do once real baseball weather gets here.

Barnes and Bogle were in the middle of almost everything for a very good Old Mill team that turned back the defending state class 3A champion Broadneck Bruins, 6-2, in the season-opener for both teams.

Barnes drove in one run with a ringing double to deep left-center in the fifth inning, manufactured another run in the fourth with his speed and made all three of his putouts in center field look easy.

The last of his catches came against Broadneck cleanup hitter Kyle Largent, who drilled a shot to deep center with the bases loaded and two out in the last of the seventh in an attempt to tie the game.

The ball jumped off Largent's bat and looked at first as if it might get over Barnes' head, but the highly regarded senior went back and made the catch to end the game between the fifth-ranked Patriots and ninth-ranked Bruins.

"Joe uses up all of center field, doesn't he?" said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery with a little smile after the game.

In the fourth inning, Barnes singled to center, stole second, went to third on a wild pitch and scored on Bogle's sacrifice fly.

Bogle finished the day with two RBIs he also drove in Barnes a second time with a two-out single to left in a two-run fifth inning and was flawless at third base.

Both of Old Mill's runs in the fifth came with two out and gave

the visitors a 4-0 lead.

That was more than enough runs for the Patriots, who got combined five-hit pitching from T. J. Antonacci and Danny Miller.

Antonacci was pitching a shutout before getting roughed up by the Bruins in the seventh and was taken out of the game before retiring a hitter.

Tim Croker began the seventh for Broadneck with a single to left and scored on Jesse Young's long double to left.

Young went to third on a wild pitch and that was all for Antonacci, who came out in favor of Miller.

Miller was touched for a run-scoring bloop single by the first batter he faced, Tom Lugo, but the left-hander came back to shut the Bruins down.

Montgomery said he told Antonacci before the game to "just give me four innings and I'll be satisfied. I didn't want to hurt his arm in this cold weather."

But Antonacci kept telling Montgomery he was fine and lasted to the seventh.

"T. J. changes speeds and makes the batters swing the bat," said Montgomery. "I was very pleased with the way we played today. I think we're going to be very adequate this year."

For Broadneck, it wasn't the way coach Mark Stover wanted to start the season and he said of the 1995 state 3A title: "Last year was a long time ago.

"Today, we didn't execute the way we should have and we didn't make the play on the bunt [throwing error that led to the first Old Mill run in the third]," he said. "But we'll go in and talk about the things we did wrong and try to not do it again."

Eastern Tech 14, Randallstown 0: Right-hander Chris Neuschaffer (1-0) struck out six and walked one in a five-inning no hitter.

Neuschaffer also went 2-for-3, with a double and an RBI. Joe Galoni went 3-for-3 and had an RBI to lead Randallstown (1-0).

Pub Date: 3/23/96

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