Arundel upsets No. 1 Mount St. Joe, 7-4 Loosararian shuts down Gaels in tourney final

April 07, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Number three had to pitch like a number one and senior Derek Loosararian was up to the task as No. 4 Arundel upset top-ranked Mount St. Joseph, 7-4, yesterday to win the latter's 13th annual Jack Conley Tournament.

Before the big showdown, which pitted the reputation of Anne Arundel County baseball against that of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, Arundel coach Bernie Walter said that Loosararian had thrown exceptionally well in the bullpen on Friday.

Walter was granted his wish that Loosararian, the team's third starter, had not left his best stuff in the pen in Gambrills. The big right-hander brought it with him to Irvington and his teammates brought their big bats.

Loosararian (2-0) pitched the Wildcats (5-2) into the seventh inning before Kurt Light came on to get the final two outs with two Gaels (6-2) aboard. Loosararian bested St. Joe ace Ryan Baker and took tournament MVP honors.

"We had opportunities and didn't take advantage," said St. Joe coach Dave Norton. "They [Arundel] got the key hits and that was the difference."

The Wildcats knocked out Baker (57 pitches, five earned runs, seven hits, two strikeouts, one walk) in the third inning after Steve Sylvester (2-for-2, two RBIs) lined a two-out double off the left-field fence.

Andy Vermillion (3-for-4, two doubles, one RBI), Steve Brunner, and Sylvester were the clutch hitters for the Wildcats.

Sylvester delivered a two-out single to center in the fifth for a pair of insurance runs off St. Joe reliever Ted Martin. After replacing Baker, Martin did a great job keeping his team in the game, giving up just three hits (all in the fifth) and two runs, and retiring the last seven Wildcats in a row.

In Loosararian's 6 1/3 innings he scattered seven hits, struck out eight and walked two while throwing 106 pitches. Three of the runs he gave up were earned.

"Derek pitched an outstanding game," said Walter. "His control was really good and he had good breaking stuff."

Twice Loosararian struck out sophomore first baseman Mark Teixeira, who homered in the Gaels' 7-2 first-game victory over Glen Burnie, with men in scoring position. And he got left fielder Mike Couser swinging in the fourth with two runners on.

Arundel took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first on Vermillion's RBI double down the left-field line. St. Joe got the run back in the bottom of the first, but it was unearned on two Wildcat errors.

The St. Joe first ended with Loosararian striking out Teixeira. He got Teixeira again to end a third-inning threat.

The Gaels started the bottom of the seventh with Matt O'Donnell reaching on an error. Loosararian struck out Kyle Skinner looking on a 2-2 curve, then Felker singled to center and took second on the throw to third.

Light came on to notch the save by getting Teixeira to pop to short and Mahoney to ground to third.

Arundel got a four-hitter from Justin Bell and three hits from Dave Tilman in its 8-3 opening-game victory over Fallston (2-2) while Colin McGonigal's four hitter led St. Joe over Glen Burnie (0-6).

Jon Vandernat homered for Fallston in its 10-7 consolation victory over Glen Burnie.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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