Carl's arm, Sev. Park turn back DeMatha

Second win in relief powers No. 3 Falcons, 7-2

High Schools

March 26, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Senior right-hander Jason Carl notched his second win in relief in as many days and third-ranked Severna Park got home runs from Derek Dixon and Chris Odom to defeat DeMatha of Hyattsville, 7-2, yesterday.

Carl, who is 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, came in for junior starter Bryce Harbertson with two outs and the bases loaded in the fourth with the Falcons leading by 4-2. He threw only one pitch, coaxing leadoff batter Henry Lynch to fly to Dixon in center.

"Jason threw an inning and a third yesterday [Friday] and he throws strikes, gets ahead of hitters and has a very good changeup," said Jim McCandless, who made his coaching debut at his alma mater Friday at Annapolis with an 11-4 victory.

McCandless succeeded the man he played the infield for at Severna Park in Jim Pitt, who retired after 26 years as the Falcons' coach.

"Jason came in Friday at Annapolis with the score tied at four, got us out of a jam and we scored seven runs in the top of the seventh. Bryce [Harbertson] did all right today, got a little tired there at the end and this time of the year, you have to watch their pitch count."

Harbertson, who was making his first varsity start, threw 75 pitches, walked four and gave up four hits including two solo homers by Andrew Rosen and Clint Beaulieu, all in the fourth inning.

After a rocky start in the first inning when he threw 27 pitches and walked three (picked one off first), Harbertson settled down and retired the next seven Stags (2-3) in a row before Rosen led off the fourth with his homer.

When Harbertson issued his fourth walk to load the bases, McCandless called for Carl, who got the final out and then set down the next six Stags in order before giving way to ace right-hander Josh Banks.

It was a chance for Banks, who threw only nine pitches and struck out two, to get in a little work for tomorrow's big showdown at No. 5 Arundel (2-0).

In addition to good pitching yesterday, the Falcons also got a lot of production out of the top of the order with their first five hitters driving in five of the runs, scoring six and ringing up eight of the team's nine hits.

Leadoff batter and sophomore right fielder Steve Weber got the second of his three hits, a single to the hole at short to start a four-run third. Second baseman Matt Cipollone followed with a single sending Weber to third and taking second with the cutoff set up for third.

Dixon was then passed intentionally to load the bases. Designated hitter Kevin Wells singled to score Weber and Cipollone easily and when the center fielder fumbled the baseball, Dixon, running hard all the way, was waved home and scored standing up.

Third baseman Mike Prim, one of only two underclass position players who start, doubled in Wells for a 4-0 Falcons' lead.

Cipollone led off the home half of the fifth with a two-bagger after the Falcons' lead had been cut to 4-2 in the fourth. The switch-hitting Dixon, batting right against the lefty Rosen, got a chance to swing the bat and lofted a homer to deep left center for a 6-2 Severna Park lead.

Catcher Chris Odom led off the bottom of the sixth to cap the scoring.

"We hit the ball pretty well, but we still have a way to go, " said McCandless. "We're a little out in front still and need to wait to get more quality at-bats."

All-Metro Monday

A special All-Metro section for high school winter sports will be published Monday, March 27. The section will highlight the top athletes and coaches in boys and girls basketball, wrestling, and boys and girls indoor track and field.

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