No. 7 Arundel brings down No. 1 Severna Park, 9-5

Errors prove costly, as Falcons' streak ends

April 27, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

All Severna Park baseball coach Jim Pitt could say was, "It was absolutely the worse game we have played all year. We absolutely stunk all the way around."

Pitt's top-ranked Falcons' 10-game winning streak ended in a 9-5 loss at No. 7 Arundel in Gambrills yesterday.

Seven of the nine runs scored by the Wildcats were the result of either mental or physical errors by the Falcons.

On the other side, left-hander Star Kriger (4-0) scattered 10 hits, struck out four, did not walk anyone, but did hit one batter on 87 pitches (61 strikes) in six innings of work, with Andy Kostic pitching the final inning.

"Star earned this start after pitching very, very well the last three times out there and if we're going to be a championship ball club, we've got to be more than a one-pitcher team," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter.

Both teams committed four errors, but those by Severna Park (11-3 overall, 8-2 in the league) were more costly as the Wildcats capitalized with timely hitting.

Severna Park lost to Arundel (9-5, 7-3) for the second time this season, despite the fact that pitcher Josh Banks had good stuff.

A junior right-hander, Banks' first varsity start was on March 29 and he gave up two homers and 14 hits in an 11-8 loss to Arundel.

Banks (4-2) gave up 14 hits again yesterday, but at least six of them were of the infield or bad-hop variety, one was a bunt and three of the hits came on 0-2 counts resulting in three runs.

Mixing a running fast ball with a couple breaking pitches that had pretty good bite on them, Banks threw 96 pitches, 70 for strikes. He finished with six strikeouts, one walk and three hit batsmen.

After the Falcons took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second on an errant pickoff attempt to first base by Kriger scoring Chris DiMenna who had doubled, Banks made his first mistake.

Banks served up a perfect pitch on 0-2 to No. 9 hitter Frank Hood who singled through the box for a pair of runs.

Severna Park answered with RBI singles by Joe Weidman and Banks in the third and fourth innings to take a 3-2 lead.

Two diving catches by Arundel center fielder Chip Ziegler prevented more damage by the Falcons in the fourth.

Banks, who had survived a two-out bases loaded jam in the third, gave up two runs in the fourth as Arundel regained the lead.

Severna Park came right back to tie it at 4-4, but ran themselves out of the fifth inning. King doubled over the bag into left field and alertly took third when Ryan Erhard's throw to second was off the mark.

The switch-hitting Dixon, who Kriger had twice gotten to chase outside pitches for strike three, pushed a single to right to tie the game. With Dixon running, DiMenna (2-for-4) singled into left center, but was cut down at second on a perfect relay from shortstop John McCurdy as Dixon took third.

Kevin Campbell popped out to end the threat setting the stage for Arundel to take the lead for good with three runs.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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