Tilman's daring dash wins for Arundel

April 04, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Kurt Light vs. Scott Vane.

It was a premier pitching matchup on a perfect spring afternoon in baseball-rich Anne Arundel county yesterday.

Arundel's Light mowed down hitters with fastballs and sliders and Severna Park's Vane answered by changing speeds and getting excellent location.

But the outcome was decided by Arundel's Dave Tilman, who scored the winning run on a daring dash from second base on a two-out ground-ball single to deep short by Bernie McQuarrie in the last of the sixth inning. The play gave the fourth-ranked Wildcats a 2-1 victory over the 14th-ranked Falcons in a well-played game at Arundel that lasted only one hour, 50 minutes.

It was the first loss of the season for Severna Park (3-1) while Arundel improved to 3-2.

Tilman never stopped running on the grounder that sent Mike O'Malley deep into the hole at short for a long throw to first baseman Nick Stook. McQuarrie barely beat the throw for an infield hit.

Stook didn't waste time getting a throw off to the plate, but Tilman was called safe, touching off some controversy in this important early-season South Division game.

Severna Park coach Jim Pitt and Vane both thought Tilman was out.

Arundel coach Bernie Walter saw it as a good call, rewarding gutsy base-running by Tilman.

Pitt said: "It wasn't like it was a bang-bang play. It was just a bad call coming at a critical time. You saw the game. I really don't have anything else to say."

Vane said: "I was standing eight feet from the play and I think our catcher [Casey Stidham] fooled the umpire a little with a super tag. I also believe the ump was blocked out a little on the play."

To which Walter answered, "So the ump was fooled by the catcher and they lost the game. What does that mean? It was a good play by our guy, who is a good base runner."

The Tilman run left the stunned Falcons with only one shot at getting the tying run across against Light, who went to his slider late in the game.

The senior right-hander struck out two of the four batters he faced in the top of the seventh, including O'Malley to end the game.

It was O'Malley, the ninth-place hitter, who tied the game at 1 in the third inning on an opposite-field home run to right on a 3-2 pitch from Light.

The O'Malley homer and a Pat Boucher double high off the fence in left center in the fifth inning were the hardest-hit balls off Light, who gave up five hits, struck out seven, didn't walk anybody and threw 60 strikes and 32 balls in seven innings.

Vane, also a senior right-hander, deserved a better fate as he pitched just one day after dislocating his left shoulder while sliding in a victory over Annapolis.

"The shoulder didn't bother me that much pitching but it affected my hitting," said Vane. "It hurt a lot last night and today in school. Now I need to go and put some ice on it."

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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