Even a "cold" Kurt Light can be hot enough to shut down one of the metro area's best-hitting clubs, not to mention the top-ranked team.
Light, who hates pitching in cold weather, admittedly did have his best game but pitched No. 2 Arundel to an 8-0 victory over No. 1 Old Mill in Gambrills yesterday.
Relying on his fastball and an occasional nasty slider, Light stopped the Patriots (9-1) on a three-hitter with four strikeouts and two walks on just 87 pitches.
Normally a strikeout pitcher who throws a lot of pitches, his statistics were uncharacteristic.
"I didn't have my best stuff and I hate cold days. . . . tough to get loose, " said Light. "I didn't want them getting used to beating us."
In avenging a 3-2 loss to the Patriots on March 25, the Wildcats got three hits each from third baseman Steve Brunner (double, three RBIs) and second baseman Steve Sylvester (two RBIs).
Sylvester singled in two and Brunner doubled in one in a six-run second inning as the Wildcats (10-2) took advantage of three Patriots errors to chase starter T. J. Antonacci (4-1).
"Yes, it was a big game and we did some good things," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, whose Wildcats did not commit an error. "They were generous and we're glad they were.
"Kurt had trouble getting his breaking ball over, but he battled through it. Old Mill is a good hitting club and Kurt gave us a gutty performance."
Light (3-1) did not give up a hit until the fifth inning and faced the minimum 12 batters through four innings. Jason Sieklicki drew a lead-off walk in the third, but Light got Shane Thompson to pop to Sylvester and Charlie Killmayer to hit into a double play.
Up 6-0 in the fifth, Light hit Brian Bogle on the shoulder with a
pitch and Chuck Manns' grounder up the middle went for an infield hit. After a fly to left, Sieklicki's looping liner was off the fingertips of left fielder Dave Tilman to load the bases with one out.
"I had to bear down and hump up, didn't want them to get back into the game," said Light, who struck out Thompson looking on a slider and got Killmayer to fly to Andy Vermillion in center to end the threat.
Arundel added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth off reliever Craig Haney, who did a good job keeping his team in the game after replacing Antonacci. Haney went the final 4 1/3 innings, giving up seven hits, striking out two and hitting one batter.
Light gave up a single to center by Danny Miller to start the sixth, but picked him off first base to end the inning and walked Bogle leading off the seventh before getting the final three outs for the shutout.
The victory left Arundel the only unbeaten team in league play and atop the South Division at 7-0; Old Mill (7-1) is tied with No. 7 Chesapeake (6-3, 5 -1) in the North Division. Annapolis (3-7, 1-6) upset Chesapeake, 2-1 yesterday.
Pub Date: 4/18/96