Arundel outduels Chesapeake Top-ranked Wildcats manage 13-10 victory

April 25, 1996|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Chesapeake coach Jim Simms made so many trips to the mound yesterday in Gambrills that he didn't realize it was the second to Mike Wolfe in the sixth inning and had to remove the latter with an 0-2 count on Arundel's Derek Loosararian.

Paul White replaced Wolfe and Loosararian worked the count to 3-2 before drilling a double to deep right-center for two insurance runs as top-ranked Arundel outlasted No. 8 Chesapeake, 13-10.

It was the kind of game that drives coaches nuts.

"We can't get out of the first week in March, just lack concentration and not playing hard, " said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, who made six changes defensively after committing seven errors and being upset, 12-9, by North County on Monday.

"We didn't take BP [batting practice] yesterday and just worked on defense, and we still made errors [three] on routine plays."

Simms used four pitchers, including ace Jared Vogt (4-2), who was knocked out twice by the Wildcats and suffered the loss; Loosararian (5-0) went all the way and helped himself with two hits and five RBIs. First baseman Andy Vermillion had two hits and four RBIs for the winners.

Vermillion's bases-clearing double gave the Wildcats (12-3) an 11-8 lead in the fifth after the Cougars (9-4) had come back from 5-0 and 8-5 deficits to tie it at 8 in the fourth.

Chesapeake scored twice in the sixth to make it 11-10 before Loosararian, who gave up 11 hits, struck out two and walked two on 90 pitches, delivered his crucial hit.

"Just call it a stupidity move on the coach," said Simms. "I made so many trips to the mound today that I didn't realize it was the second to the Wolfe. We had that rough first inning."

Arundel got to Vogt for five first-inning runs and the junior right-hander switched positions with first baseman Corey Dlugokeski. Steve Sylvester's triple scored the first run.

Vermillion and Brian Lane chipped in with RBI singles and an error by shortstop Mike Bianco made it 4-0. Dlugokeski gave up a sacrifice fly to Loosararian to make it 5-0 before getting out of the inning.

Ryan Moore singled in a second-inning run and the Cougars tied it in the top of the third with Vogt and catcher Dave Stepp singling in runs and Chad Duncan driving in a pair.

Arundel regained the lead at 8-5 with three runs off Dlugokeski in the bottom of the third on DH Bernie McQuarrie's sac fly and a two-run single by Loosararian. Vogt returned to the mound and stayed until the fifth.

Bianco's one-out triple started a three-run rally for the Cougars in the top of the fourth with Vogt and Duncan delivering RBI hits. Sylvester's error at shortstop made it 8-8.

Loosararian needed only three pitches to get three outs in the last inning.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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