Severna Park stops Gibbons in long, tedious, 19-10 game

No. 1 Falcons escape Crusaders' upset hopes

April 01, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After 310 pitches, 18 walks, 23 hits, seven errors and 29 runs, top-ranked Severna Park left Cardinal Gibbons yesterday with a 19-10 victory.

The three-hour game at Babe Ruth Field, as it will be officially named April 24, matched Gibbons' rookie coach Lou Holcomb and the Falcons' veteran Jim Pitt, who is likely ending a 30-year career, the last 26 at Severna Park.

Holcomb is a former standout player at Old Mill (1982-85) and Maryland who was a left-handed pitcher in Texas Rangers minor league organization.

The Crusaders (4-4), who have been down for a few seasons and dropped to the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference, already have claimed upset wins over No. 3 Calvert Hall and No. 8 Archbishop Curley and were hoping to make Severna Park another ranked victim.

"We're having high highs and low lows, which is what you get with a young team," said Holcomb, who had three seniors, a junior and five sophomores in his starting lineup yesterday. "We have 14 guys who want to play baseball. We're going through growing pains."

Pitt's visiting Falcons (2-2) took advantage of 11 walks and 15 hits given up by three Gibbons pitchers to post a much-needed victory.

Severna Park unleashed four doubles and four triples with everybody in the starting line-up getting at least one hit.

"I gave them a spirited talk before the game, because yesterday we were very lax and down because of the loss to Arundel," said Pitt. "I think we motivated them verbally, and they were aggressive at the plate."

The Falcons lost by 11-8 at home Monday to No. 2 Arundel, a loss that it carried over to Tuesday's 8-0 humiliation at Archbishop Curley. Severna Park took their frustration out on the young Crusaders yesterday jumping out to an 11-4 lead after three innings.

After Gibbons scored an unearned run off Falcons starter and winner Nick DeAngelis in the first inning, the Falcons erupted for nine runs on four hits in the second.

Senior second baseman Kevin Campbell, who paced the Falcons with three hits and four RBIs, had a double, triple and all of his RBIs in the inning. The triple on his second at-bat of the frame came with the bases loaded.

Nick Hoffman and Mark Meyer, two of only three seniors in the Crusaders starting line-up, belted three-run homers in the third and fourth innings to get Gibbons back in the game at 12-9.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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