No. 5 Old Mill upsets No. 3 Arundel Ziegler pitches Patriots to 3-2 win, 'Cats' 2nd loss

March 26, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

When once asked about pitching, Satchel Paige said, "Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don't move."

Old Mill junior Mike Ziegler threw the ball pretty much where he wanted to yesterday as the No. 5 Patriots upset No. 3 Arundel, 3-2, leaving the defending 4A state champions 0-2 .

Ziegler brilliantly changed speeds and painted the black on home plate for seven innings while Brian Bogle and John Kelly delivered crucial home runs for the host Patriots.

A couple inches taller and about 20 pounds heavier than inhis 3-3 sophomore season, the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Ziegler fashioned a five-hitter. He threw only 86 pitches (just 26 over the last three innings), striking out eight and walking only one to stop the Wildcats.

"Ziegler was outstanding, the best high school game he has pitched for us in two years," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery, whose club has claimed back-to -back victories over defending state champions Arundel and 3A Broadneck (6-2 on Friday) to open its season.

"He really kept them off balance."

Bogle, a senior third baseman, hit a bases-empty homer for Old Mill in the bottom of the fourth and junior designated hitter Kelly drilled a two-run homer over the right-center field fence in the fifth to give Ziegler the runs he needed. Both homers came off Arundel starter and loser Andy Vermillion.

The Wildcats had taken a 2-0 lead on Vermillion's two-out, bases-empty shot in the first and a double by Steve Brunner in the fourth.

Old Mill right fielder Danny Miller dove for Brunner's liner down the line and had it until he slammed to the ground with the ball squirting out and courtesy runner Jimmy Viera racing home from first.

"My changeup was really working and I got better location later in the game," said Ziegler, who ran the count to three balls just twice (a walk to Vermillion in the fourth and a strikeout of Steve Sylvester in the third) the entire game.

"Vermillion hit a changeup for his homer, but I had better location the last time he was up."

Ziegler struck out Vermillion in the sixth on the way to retiring the last seven Wildcats in succession and ending the game by striking out Jimmy Woods. Ziegler finished by throwing only eight, 10 and eight pitches in each of the last three innings.

Catcher Shane Thompson, Ziegler's batterymate, cut down two, would-be Wildcats base stealers in the fourth and fifth innings as Old Mill started coming on at the plate.

After Bogle homered leading off the Old Mill fourth, Vermillion, whose line was four innings, five hits, three earned runs, three strikeouts, two walks, one hit batter and 73 pitches, got out of the inning but ran into trouble in the fifth.

Miller, Old Mill's No. 9 hitter, coaxed a walk on four pitches off Vermillion and Kelly (2-for-3) drove a 1-0 fastball up and away over the fence to give Old Mill the lead, 3-2.

"Miller led off our first game, but I decided to play the percentages and bat Kelly first against Vermillion and it paid off, " Montgomery said about batting the right-handed Kelly against the left-hander. "Kelly has really come on as a hitter this spring."

Going 2-0 on the next batter, Chad Gerben, Vermillion was replaced by Kurt Light. Light shut down the Patriots the rest of the way, striking out four of the six batters he faced including the side in the sixth.

But Ziegler and the Patriots were not to be denied.

Pub Date: 3/26/96

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