Severna Park, Old Mill add resilience to their lineup cards


April 09, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Rookie coach Jim McCandless was more than pleased with the way his top-ranked Severna Park baseball team responded to adversity at home Friday.

The Falcons (7-0) found their No. 1 status and unbeaten record in jeopardy as they came to bat in the bottom of the fifth trailing the No. 9 Northeast Eagles by 7-5.

Northeast (4-3) had scored four runs in the top of the fifth to take the lead and chase Falcons ace Josh Banks.

"Josh was getting the ball up and you can't do that at Severna Park," said McCandless of the short fences at his alma mater's field, where eight homers went flying out Friday.

"Northeast has a few pretty good hitters, especially that Moylan and Robbins."

Chris Moylan, the Eagles' senior first baseman and No. 3 hitter, belted two homers from the left side, while senior catcher Chris Robbins hit another.

Not wanting things to get out of hand, McCandless brought in his superb senior reliever, Jason Carl, who got the final out in the fifth.

Derek Dixon keyed an eight-run, three-homer fifth for the Falcons with a two-run shot. Dixon was one of five Falcons to homer in the slugfest, the others being the Weber brothers, Steve and Dave, Kevin Wells and Joe Burke.

With a 13-7 lead, Carl shut down the Eagles, who lost their third straight during the week, after a 4-0 start. Carl gave up a harmless run in the seventh and struck out four to record his third win without a loss in relief.

"We're starting to hit the ball well, and in games like that, it's what you have to do," said McCandless.

Wells, a designated hitter/pitcher, leads Severna Park in hitting with a .520 average, followed by Steve Weber (.444). Wells is second on the team in RBIs with 10 to third baseman Mike Prim's 12, and Dixon has knocked in nine.

The Falcons will host Annapolis (1-6) tomorrow and will visit South River (3-6) Wednesday in what is a two-game week for county public schools.

McCandless made his Severna Park coaching debut at Annapolis on March 24 when his Falcons broke up a 4-4 tie with seven runs in the top of the seventh for an 11-4 victory.

Around the horn

Just when everyone was writing off Old Mill, the Patriots, who began the season ranked No. 7 by The Sun, but won only one of their first five games, have now won four in a row and are 5-4.

Their fourth victory in a row came Friday at home in Millersville, 7-6 over No. 15 Glen Burnie (6-3), which has lost three of its last five.

Coach Mel Montgomery's Pats have avenged losses to Glen Burnie (9-2) and to No. 9 Northeast (6-2). Northeast felt the full force of Old Mill's surge, losing, 12-3, Wednesday in Pasadena.

Jay Long, Nick Koscielniak and Antoine Cooksey all homered for Old Mill in the Northeast rout.

No. 6 Arundel (6-2) is starting to get the kind of pitching that coach Bernie Walter had expected. In reeling off three straight wins last week, the Wildcats got stellar efforts from senior Kevin Brooks, junior Chip Ziegler and freshman Joe Frykman.

Brooks, a Wildcats infielder, picked up the win in relief Monday in a 20-7 win over Annapolis. He worked the final 4 1/3 innings, giving up one run and striking out six.

Wednesday, Ziegler, who had a homer, triple and six RBIs for the week, fired a three-hitter with seven strikeouts to blank Chesapeake, 6-0, and Friday Frykman struck out five and scattered six hits in a 14-2 romp in five innings over North County (2-6).


Signings and commitments by Severn School lacrosse midfielders: Dan Lilly (Towson), Doug Mayer (St. Mary's), Paul Ford (Washington College), Phil Dales (Washington and Lee) and captain Scott MacMullan (Villanova). Severna Park golfer Nick Pellicani, who won the county 18-hole championship and was season low medalist, is taking his 4.1 grade-point average to Boston College. With Christy Larrimore and Steve Case leading the way, the Archbishop Spalding B Conference golf team is undefeated, outscoring opponents by wide margins. Spalding is expected to move up to the MIAA A Conference next year. St. Mary's boys lacrosse coach Jim Moorhead on scoring: "Make good plays. Good plays make good goals and great plays don't always result in goals."

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