Going long, No. 2 Cougars make short work of Falcons Chesapeake hits 4 homers, routs Boucher in 13-6 win

April 12, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

With the center-field fence of his team's home park a mere 330 feet from the plate, Severna Park baseball coach Jim Pitt has come to one conclusion from his years at the helm.

Said Pitt: "When you make a mistake in this ballpark, you will pay for it."

In the No. 6 Falcons' 13-6 loss to second-ranked Chesapeake yesterday, starter Pat Boucher payed with a hurler's most precious possession of all -- his ERA.

The Cougars socked the normally-stingy Boucher for 13 earned runs on 14 hits, including four home runs.

"We've been working really hard this week on our hitting, and the kids were fired up, wanting this game," said Chesapeake coach Jim Simms. "I think [Boucher] threw a nice game. We just happened to go down and get some balls. If you look at the field here, it's kind of small. A lot of the balls we hit might not have even been home runs at other places."

It was the second straight defeat for the Falcons (6-3), who were coming off a stunning 10-9 loss to Broadneck on Wednesday. While this one was less surprising, it was equally painful.

Going deep for the Cougars (6-2) were catcher Dave Stepp, who hit a two-run shot to center in the first; third baseman Jeff Fraley, who hit a mammoth three-run shot to center in the third; right fielder Mike Hodgins, who hit a bases-empty shot to left in the fourth; and designated hitter Jared Vogt, who followed three batters later in the fourth with a two-run shot to left.

When the fireworks were over, Chesapeake led 10-4, and the outcome was all but certain.

Pitt, whose team also hit two home runs, said he wasn't surprised at the barrage.

"You just have to tell the pitchers to make good pitches and concentrate on location," said Pitt.

Cougars starter Ray Wagner (2-0), himself a victim of homers off the bats of Boucher and shortstop Mike O'Malley, picked up the victory, going the distance while allowing 10 hits and five earned runs.

Pub Date: 4/12/97

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