Wildcats knock off Falcons, take region Arundel rallies from 5-0 deficit behind Kostic

May 17, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

The Arundel Wildcats always seem to find a way to win.

Yesterday at top-ranked Severna Park, the No. 3 Wildcats (20-4) fell behind 5-0 before staging a dramatic comeback in the final three innings -- including a five-run eighth -- to outlast the Falcons, 12-7, in the 4A East region final.

Tom Ogilvie, John McCurdy, Ryan Frostbutter and Andy Kostic were among a host of Wildcat heroes. Ogilvie delivered two clutch singles, tying the game at 6 in the seventh and putting Arundel ahead, 8-7, in the eighth. McCurdy followed with a bases-clearing double to ice it.

Frostbutter was 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.

Kostic (9-1) was the winner in relief, going five innings for the second day in a row (won 11-0 over North County in five innings Friday). In denying the Falcons (19-3) their first ever region title, the junior right-hander gave up just two runs on four hits.

Dave Stallings got the last two outs for Kostic as Arundel won their fourth game in four days to cop their state record 12th region title, the seventh in the past eight years.

Arundel, which also owns a record seven state titles (last in 1995), will meet the West Region champion from Montgomery County 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kelly Field in Gaithersburg. Arundel will be short on pitching.

Justin Bell, yesterday's Arundel starter, was ejected and must sit out Tuesday as per state rules and Kostic can pitch only four innings (14 innings allowed in a seven-day period) if he's rested enough.

Arundel won its final two region games with coach Bernie Walter at a teacher/coach conference in Orlando, Fla. Veteran third-base coach Nick Jauschnegg ran the team and the Wildcats didn't miss a beat.

"We wanted to win this for us and him," said catcher Ogilvie. "These guys have a lot of heart."

Severna Park was cruising at 5-0 through four innings behind Nick Stook. Stook's grounder produced the Falcons' first run in the first inning, and Pat Boucher's state public school career record 21st homer (nine this season) came with Dave Weber aboard to make it 3-0 in the third.

Weber singled in two more in the fourth to make 5-0. Ryan Erhard's bases-empty homer in the fifth got Arundel on the board and with Kostic coming on to strike out the side in the bottom of the fifth, Arundel was pumped. A two-out, three-run homer by Frostbutter in the sixth cut it to 5-4.

The Falcons went up 6-4 on Scott Dunham's sacrifice fly in their half of the sixth before Boucher walked the first two batters in the seventh.

Falcons coach Jim Pitt went to lefty Ryan McKewin, who got an out, but gave up a two-run single to Ogilvie. An RBI hit by Frostbutter made it 7-6 Arundel.

Stook took Kostic deep leading off the bottom of the seventh to tie the game, but Kostic got the next three batters. The roof then caved in on the Falcons in the top of the eighth with Ogilvie, McCurdy and Erhard knocking in the five runs.

Pub Date: 5/17/98

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