Falcons fell No. 1 Arundel, 11-6

Herrick pitches, bats

ka-20 No. 2 Northeast to 3-1 win

Roundup

May 04, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Ace starter Josh Banks came out of the bullpen to quell a fourth-inning threat and sparked No. 3-ranked Severna Park to an 11-6 win over No. 1 Arundel at Severna Park's homer-friendly park, where six left the field yesterday.

Arundel hit four out, two by Chip Ziegler (three RBIs), and the Falcons' Derek Dixon (four RBIs) tied Ziegler for the county lead with his sixth, a three-run shot in the second inning.

Dixon's homer came on a 3-0, grooved fast ball after the Wildcats botched a sure double play that would have ended the inning and had Dixon leading off the next inning. The ball barely got over the glove of Ziegler, who left the park in center trying to catch it.

Third baseman Kevin Wells celebrated his signing with Siena College, in Albany, N.Y., by hitting a two-run homer for the Falcons in the first after Ziegler and Kevin Brooks started the game for the Wildcats with back-to-back homers off Jason Carl.

Banks (7-0) came on for Carl with the score tied at five, no outs, and the bases loaded and struck out the side to give the Falcons momentum.

Severna Park scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth and four more in the fifth, chasing Arundel freshman starter and loser Joe Frykman while Banks was mowing down the Wildcats.

Banks struck out nine in four innings, walked one and gave up two hits, both in the seventh including a homer by Jeff Lloyd, to post his second win over the Wildcats this season.

"Josh knows their hitters, and if he's on top of his game, I don't think they can hit him, " said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless.

"A lot of high school kids would have a hard time hitting Josh Banks. It was his turn to pitch today, but I wanted to give Jason [Carl] the ball today, and he didn't have his best stuff."

Back on March 27, Banks went the distance for a 6-2 win over Arundel, but yesterday's game had a little more meaning.

Severna Park (16-2 overall) clinched a berth in next Thursday's county championship game at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans by running its county league record to 13-1 with two games left.

The Falcons' opponent in the final is still to be determined, but at 10-4, Arundel (14-4) is the frontrunner. Several teams are involved in "if" scenarios that exist for a game not nearly as important as the next day if the teams involved have to open in the region playoffs.

With the state-playoff lottery tonight, it's possible for Severna Park and its eventual foe to be matched in Round 1 of the Class 4A East regional May 12, the day after the county championship game.

"If we're playing Friday, Josh Banks and Jason Carl don't pitch Thursday, no matter who we play," said McCandless.

"My athletic director [Wayne Mook] is the only one of 12 to vote against having [the county final] the night before [playoffs]. You wonder what the game really means."

Softball

No. 2 Northeast 3, No. 3 Chesapeake 1: The Eagles took advantage of late opportunities; Chesapeake didn't, sending Northeast into prime position for one of the two spots in next Thursday's county title game.

After allowing an unearned run in the first inning that tied the game, Northeast junior pitcher Rachel Herrick pitched a five-hitter and got the pivotal hit in the sixth.

She lined a sharp single to left, scoring Melissa Tewey with the game-winner. Herrick came across on Karen Kotofsky's two-out double to provide insurance.

Northeast (15-3 overall,13-2 county) faces Arundel tomorrow and Southern on Monday.

For the second straight game, Chesapeake (12-5, 11-4) couldn't produce late. "We had good focus and energy but caught a couple of breaks, and Northeast is a good team that took advantage," said Chesapeake coach Don Bishoff. "With teams like this, it often comes down to who makes the least mistakes."

Sun staff writer Glenn P. Graham contributed to this article.

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