Glen Burnie wins 15th, 5-3

Glen Burnie tops Pats, makes first region final

Class 4A baseball

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

All Glen Burnie's Rob Lay did was "lay it in there" and challenge Old Mill to hit it. His pitches looked so inviting some fans may have wanted to grab a bat and take a few hacks.

But the host Patriots swung with little success yesterday as No. 17-ranked Glen Burnie edged No. 15 Old Mill, 5-3, to advance to its first region final.

In winning the Class 4A East semifinal in Millersville, the Gophers took what was thought to be school-record 15th win.

Lay (2-4), whose fast ball is in the mid-70 mph range, is a junk-baller with an array of pitches from various angles.

"Rob has always had good command of the strike zone and came up with a couple extra breaking pitches from different positions this year," said Glen Burnie coach Bruce Sider, in his 19th season.

The Patriots (15-7) defeated Glen Burnie twice in the regular season, 9-8 and 15-14. But Lay baffled them for 6 2/3 innings yesterday.

Gophers ace Tim Hecker (8-1) got the final out with the tying run aboard in the bottom of the seventh to earn his first save. Hecker came in with two on, one Lay's only walk of the game and the other on an error.

A right-hander who throws a lot harder than Lay, Hecker got the Patriots' Don Carpenter to hit a game-ending fly ball to Brian Kellner in center field -- Kellner's sixth putout of the contest.

Hecker had an infield hit in a four-run third by the Gophers after Old Mill grabbed a 2-0 first-inning lead on White's single, a triple by Jason Galloway, who scored on Carpenter's fielder's choice.

Kellner singled in the first run in the Gophers' third, and Chris Grogan followed with another RBI single. Tom Brand's sacrifice fly off starter and loser Jimmy Jackson scored the third run, and Grogan crossed on an error.

MIAA B

St. Mary's 11, Chapelgate 8: With the Saints trailing by one -- 8-7 -- George Chmiel hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to lift St. Mary's (17-3) over visiting Chapelgate in the MIAA B Conference semifinal.

St. Mary's faces Cardinal Gibbons in today's championship at 4 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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