Arundel's Light 2-hits top-ranked Old Mill His strong return hands Patriots first loss, 4-0

April 15, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Light (like in Kurt) is back on at Arundel.

Arundel started the season ranked No. 1, lost 4-2 to Old Mill and April 4 was ripped 13-4 at No. 7 Severna Park with ace Kurt Light injuring his arm in that game. But the wishful thinkers had better beware because Light is back and so are the Wildcats.

After pitching just five innings in the last nine days, Light returned to the mound for No. 6 Arundel yesterday in Millersville and showed why he is a two-time All-Metro pitcher.

Light (3-1) used three pitches -- a heavy fast ball, slider and straight change -- to baffle top-ranked Old Mill, 4-0, on a two-hitter played in just one hour and 30 minutes. The hard throwing right-hander is 5-0 against Old Mill in three varsity seasons.

Old Mill shortstop Charlie Killmayer had both hits (first-inning double, sixth-inning infield hit).

It was the Patriots' first loss (10-1) of the season, coming on the heels of their moving up to No. 1 in the Sun poll for the first time this spring.

Light threw 106 pitches (low for him), struck out seven and walked five in shutting down a club that had been scoring a lot of runs. His teammates played flawless defense behind him and he was never in serious trouble.

"It felt great today," said Light, who had been bothered by an inflammation of a nerve.

Sophomore third baseman Norris Roy, who transferred from DeMatha to Arundel in January, made two outstanding backhand stops at third and started two double plays.

The way Light was pitching coupled with the great defense made an early 4-0 lead seem huge.

One bad inning is all it takes when two outstanding pitchers are going against each other, and Old Mill ace Mike Ziegler (4-1) had it in the third inning.

After junior right fielder Todd Heron homered over the right-field fence in the second inning, the Wildcats got to Ziegler (90 pitches, seven hits, nine strikeouts, no walks) for three runs in the third.

"Mike pitched six good innings and when he pitches like that we normally win," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery. "But Light shut down a good hitting team. You can't win if you don't score runs."

Said Arundel coach Bernie Walter: "We're starting to learn how to win. We've spent a lot of time with our hitting and it's paid off for us."

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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