Severna Park manages to take back victory, 6-2

No. 1 Falcons rally in 7th with 4 runs to top Arundel

Baseball

High Schools

March 31, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Severna Park took advantage of some shoddy defensive play to score four runs in the seventh and take a 6-2 victory at No. 4 Arundel in Gambrills yesterday.

The decisive seventh broke up the anticipated pitchers' duel between Severna Park senior Josh Banks and Arundel junior Chip Ziegler.

Ziegler belted a two-run homer off Banks in the sixth to tie the score at two after Severna Park had scored two unearned runs without a hit in the fourth inning.

The host Wildcats committed three of their seven errors, including a catcher's interference, in the fourth. Banks held them without a hit through 4 1/3 innings when Jon Hanczaryk singled.

Ziegler (1-1) took a one-hitter -- Kevin Wells' leadoff double in the second -- into the seventh and could have escaped without giving up a run. But two errors and run-scoring singles by Steve Weber and Mike Prim and a bases-loaded walk to Derek Dixon did him in.

"Ziegler is a good baseball player and competed tremendously today, but we just let him down," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter. "I can hardly imagine how our defense could have been worse."

Making his first start of the season after this game was rained out Monday, Banks issued his first two walks of the game to start the Wildcats' seventh. He walked eight batters in 44 innings last season.

Banks then struck out the side to end it, giving up three hits while striking out five.

The Falcons ran their record to 4-0, while Arundel dropped its second straight and slipped to 2-2.

It was the second time this season the Falcons were on the road and gave up the tying run in the sixth, only to win it in the seventh.

Annapolis tied the score at four in its season opener with Severna Park, but the Falcons scored seven times in the top of the seventh to post an 11-4 victory.

"It's the second game out of four where we've blown a lead in the sixth and responded in the seventh, and that shows some character," said Falcons coach Jim McCandless.

"We really didn't swing the bats too well today, but their pitcher [Ziegler] did a great job and kept the ball down us."

Catcher Chris Odom started the Falcons' seventh with a single to left, and David Weber reached on an error. Severna Park's next two hitters, Joe Burke and John Tessarzik, each missed two sacrifice bunt attempts, but after Burke struck out, Tessarzik reached on an infield hit to load the bases.

RBIs by Weber, Dixon and Prim followed, and a Wildcats error scored another run.

Banks, who threw 101 pitches, seemed to lose it in the bottom of the inning, walking Jeff Lloyd and Jon Hanczaryk. McCandless paid him a visit to settle him down.

"It's early in the season, and he wasn't sharp as he usually is," McCandless said.

"I had to go out and say hi to him in the seventh, and he got re-focused."

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