Kostic halts Old Mill on 1 hit

Arundel gets back on track with 4 homers, 9-0 win

April 20, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Coming off the worst week it has had since 1988 and falling from the No. 1 ranking to No. 10, Arundel (7-5) routed host and No. 9 Old Mill, 9-0, on four homers and an Andy Kostic one-hitter yesterday.

The third and fourth hitters in the Arundel batting order, Norris Roy and Mike Fox, each homered twice to give Kostic much more than he needed in avenging Arundel's 6-3 loss on March 24 to the Patriots (7-4).

A one-out double down the right-field line by Brandon White in the third inning was the only hit off Kostic, whose exceptional curveball yesterday made his fastball seem much faster than it was.

Kostic (3-1) walked two and struck out 10 with only one other batter reaching base on an error in the seventh.

After the three losses last week -- two by one run, the other by two -- the Wildcats have five losses for the first time since 1997 (18-5).

"It's been a struggle and it's tough to point to one thing," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter.

Arundel began the game with playoff intensity. Hitting leadoff for the first time, junior catcher Jon Hanczaryk, who bats left, hit a 3-2 pitch for a single to left off starter and loser Derrick Dawson to open the game.

Mike Moore, the courtesy runner for Hanczaryk, stole second and scored easily on Chip Ziegler's screaming double over White's head in dead center to make it 1-0.

After Ziegler moved up on a groundout by Roy and came home on a wild pitch, Mike Fox stood and watched his shot that got over the left-field fence in a hurry to give Arundel a 3-0 lead.

Kostic struck out the first two Patriots he faced, but walked the next two.

Arundel added three more in the third as Roy and Fox homeredback-to-back and a sacrifice fly by Chris Fernandes, who was 2-for-2 with a double, scored Ryan Erhard who had doubled.

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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