New look Arundel fashions prize-winning effort, 8-2

No. 2 Wildcats upend No. 1 Sev. Park for title

May 11, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Dressed for the occasion in new pinstripe, vest-style white uniforms, No. 2 Arundel defeated top-ranked Severna Park, 8-2, at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harman's last night to win its first Anne Arundel County championship game.

The Wildcats (16-5), who have won more state titles (eight) than any school in Maryland history, had not won the county championship game since its inception in 1996. The inaugural game was rained out with Arundel and Old Mill declared co-champions.

In taking its third victory over Severna Park (17-4) this season, Arundel claimed its 16th county title since 1969 and the 15th under coach Bernie Walter, the most by any county school or coach.

Senior pitchers Andy Kostic (7-1), who got the win, lefty Star Kriger and Dave Stallings combined for an eight-hitter, while the Wildcats' No. 2 through No. 5 hitters got 10 of their team's 12 hits, drove in four of the runs and scored six.

Sophomore center fielder Chip Ziegler and senior right fielder Mike Fox led the way with three hits each, and Norris Roy and John McCurdy had two hits each.

Fox also threw out two runners, the second at first base for a rare 9-3 putout in the fourth inning.

"We have three outstanding senior pitchers, and they all deserved the opportunity to pitch and they did what they are supposed to do," said Walter, whose Wildcats last won an outright county title in 1994 under the old format of best record in regular season.

"And we can hit the ball. This is a pretty good team."

In winning over the Falcons, whose only other loss besides Arundel this season was to No. 6 Curley, the Wildcats knocked off in the words of Walter "an outstanding team," and a team they will have to beat a fourth time to commence defense of their state crown.

Arundel and Severna Park each drew first-round byes in the 4A East region and will meet at Arundel 4 p.m. Monday in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats outlasted Severna Park, 12-7 in eight innings in last year's region final after their county championship game was rained out.

Severna Park was declared champ by virtue of the best regular season record.

The Wildcats were embarrassed by Old Mill, 10-0 in the '97 championship, but came back to eliminate the Patriots 3-1 in the regional.

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