Vane rallies Severna Park past Broadneck Strong effort in relief clinches 12-7 victory

March 28, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

When Scott Vane walked to the mound to pitch the last of the third inning, the game changed for Severna Park.

The defense perked up, the intensity improved and most important of all, the Falcons took command.

The result was a 12-7 come-from-behind victory for 15th-ranked Severna Park over 11th-ranked Broadneck.

The setback dropped the defending state Class 3A champion Bruins to 1-2 and prompted a post-game lecture from coach Mark Stover.

Broadneck blew a 5-0 lead after two innings yesterday, committed four errors and had four pitchers touched for 14 hits, seven walks and one balk.

But the story of the day was Vane, who was the hitting and pitching star for the 2-0 Falcons.

Vane was 3-for-3 hitting and stopped the Bruins cold for four innings before allowing two runs -- one of them unearned -- in the seventh.

Vane, a senior right-hander who started the game at shortstop, retired 12 of the first 13 hitters he faced and gave up just three hits, two walks and one earned run while striking out five in five innings.

He also drove in one run and stole a base.

"Scott's a leader," said Severna Park coach Jim Pitt. "He always seems to make good things happen for us. I had planned all along to bring him in after my sophomore [Pat Boucher] got the first six outs."

It was a struggle for Boucher to get those six outs. He walked four batters, threw two wild pitches, gave up four hits and didn't have much support from his defense.

Severna Park committed three errors in the first two innings and junior catcher Casey Stidham had two passed balls.

Other hitting standouts for Severna Park were Mike Young, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI, Nick Stook, who slammed a two-run triple in a four-run third inning that started the Severna Park comeback, Adam Wong, who was 2-for-2, and Stidham, who finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

However, Pitt didn't want to get too excited.

"We have a long ways to go this season," he said. "We want to remain optimistic and need to improve on a lot of things."

Pub Date: 3/28/96

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