Arundel and Light open by edging T. Johnson, 3-2 Staff star strikes out nine for top-ranked Wildcats

March 22, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Good pitching and putting the ball into play wins high school baseball games, as top-ranked Arundel proved yesterday.

Arundel got a well-pitched game from three-year ace Kurt Light and took advantage of two errors in the bottom of the sixth to edge Thomas Johnson of Frederick, 3-2, in the season opener for both in Gambrills.

The game was the first between the two schools, whose coaches have high regard for each other.

T.J. coach Jim Foit, an All-Metro shortstop (1977-78) from Mount St. Joseph, played for Arundel coach Bernie Walter when he coached the Johnny's summer team. Jim Foit Sr. was a Johnny's assistant and now assists his son.

"It was a good win over a well-coached ball club," said Walter, who notched his 390th career win. "Kurt got the job done, and the five hits for us wasn't bad, considering we haven't been on our field [bad condition] much for full batting practice."

The hard-throwing Light, a two-time All-Metro pitcher, went the distance on a 130-pitch, five-hitter with four walks and nine strikeouts. He fanned the side in the seventh.

Thomas Johnson junior pitchers Lucas McCollum and Thomas Rose only gave up five hits between them but did not strike out a batter. Arundel's ability to make contact kept pressure on the Patriots' defense to make the plays.

Finally in the sixth with the score tied at 2, catcher Tom Ogilvie and left fielder Austin Decker reached on errors by Johnson's middle infielders, Micah Johnson and Kevin Kendro, to start the inning.

Ogilvie's courtesy runner, Brian Buzas, scored on designated hitter Justin Bell's fielder's choice.

Light made the run stand up by surviving a shaky seventh. Johnson led off the last inning with a single to center and Light plunked Jesse Tomalewski with an inside pitch to put two runners on.

After Light struck out Chris Vinar on a high hard one, Arundel shortstop Steve Sylvester booted Kevin Kendro's tailor-made double play ball to load the bases. Light, who has a scholarship to Georgia, showed why he is 18-3 in his prep career by striking out the Pats' No. 3 and 4 hitters.

Pub Date: 3/22/97

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