Chesapeake wriggles past Old Mill, 5-4 Cougars' Moore delivers winner with 2 outs in 7th

March 31, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It figured that a "single" run would decide it.

Designated hitter Adam Moore delivered the 19th single of the game with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to score the winning run, as No. 10 Chesapeake outlasted No. 7 Old Mill, 5-4, yesterday in Lake Shore.

The victors had 11 singles, Old Mill eight.

Chesapeake catcher Lenny Switala led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to center off reliever Alan Gowing (1-1). Courtesy runner Tim Byer advanced to second on a hit to right by Brian Shepley.

Pop outs before and after Shepley's safety preceded Moore's game-winning hit on a 1-2 pitch. There was no play at the plate as Byer slid home.

It was Old Mill's first loss after four straight wins and left the Patriots and Chesapeake each at 2-1 in the North division. TTC Chesapeake is 2-2 overall.

"Anytime you beat Old Mill, it's a good win and it's a win we really needed after what happened Friday," said Cougars coach Jim Simms, whose team was stunned 7-1 by unranked Meade (1-2).

Cougars ace Ray Wagner (2-0) started slow, but finished strong in beating the Patriots' left-handed starter Steve Fogler. Wagner struck out the side in the seventh and his team got him the run to win it.

"He's [Wagner] the best pitcher we've faced so far but he wasn't true to form today," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery. "Generally, he starts out really tough and then loses velocity and concentration in the later innings. It was just the opposite today."

With several pro scouts looking on, Wagner threw 101 pitches in yielding eight hits, three earned runs and striking out eight. The 6-foot-4 right-hander didn't walk a batter, but hit four.

Old Mill got to Wagner for a run in the first and three more in the third on six hits, but had only two hits the rest of the way.

"I just couldn't get loose," said Wagner, one of those big hard throwers who loves to sweat. "I just wasn't warmed up enough and they hit me a little bit. I definitely pitch better in hot weather."

The temperature was up yesterday, but there was enough of a breeze to keep Wagner from getting loose until the last two innings when he posted four of his strikeouts.

Sophomore left fielder Jason Galloway got the first of three hits (one to each field) off Wagner in the first and later scored on Derek Dawson's base hit to center.

Wagner, whose pitches were up, escaped the first without further damage and retired the Pats in order in the second.

Chesapeake tied it up in the second on a fielder's choice by Mike Uleckas that scored Moore after his first of two hits. Moore, Switala and shortstop Mike Bois had two hits each.

Old Mill answered with three runs in the top of the third to take a 4-1 lead. Mark Campbell and Dawson had RBI singles and a dropped fly ball produced the other run.

Another ground out, this one by Rob Sadler (only starter without a hit) gave Chesapeake their second run in the third and run No. 3 came in the fourth on Switala's shot to center.

Fogler (six innings, eight hits, three earned runs, seven strikeouts, four walks) retired the Cougars in order in the fifth punching out the last two batters. But Uleckas singled in an unearned run in the sixth to tie the game at 4-4.

Pub Date: 3/31/98

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