Severna Park goes 4-for-4 vs. Arundel

Wells' slam starts rout as No. 2 advances, 13-2

Class 4A East baseball

High Schools

May 13, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Senior third baseman Kevin Wells and his Severna Park teammates felt a sense of redemption yesterday at home, completing a four-game season sweep of Arundel with a 13-2 victory in six innings in the first round of the Class4A East region baseball playoffs."It was a big victory for the team because that was the team we wanted," said Wells, whose second-inning grand slam started the rout."After they beat us in four games [including region quarterfinal] last year, we turned around and stuck it right back to them. They couldn't beat us this year."

Right-hander Josh Banks (9-0), who gave up five hits, walked one and struck out nine on 94 pitches, wrapped up the victory and put the No.2 ranked Falcons (19-3) in a 4p.m. Monday quarterfinal game at 15th-ranked Broadneck (12-7), which earned a first-round bye through a blind draw.

Severna Park collected its second win in two days. The Falcons escaped with a 12-11 victory over No.3 Arundel (16-6) in the county championship game on Thursday night at Joe Cannon Stadium.

The late night game followed by a school day seemed to take away some of the high octane spirit that usually exists when the two county powers meet."Our bus got back to school around 10:45 last night," said Falcons coach Jim McCandless of Thursday night's game. "It was a long night, and we made seven errors and they made a couple. It was an ugly ball game."

Wells said the team "was real beat when we first came out [Friday], but we knew we had to turn it up."

The Falcons jumped out to a 6-0 lead, getting to Arundel pitcher Chip Ziegler (8-2) for a first-inning run on a two-out single by Mike Prim and adding five more in the second.

An error by Arundel second baseman Kevin Brooks with two outs led to the five runs. Ziegler, whose two losses were to the Falcons, threw a wild pitch that scored Eric Buntz and issued walks to Derek Dixon and Tim Pollock to load the bases for Wells.

Wells launched a towering shot well over the fence in left-center for his third homer of the season and first career grand slam.

In the fourth, Wells, who was 3-for-4 with five RBIs, singled to left, scoring Dixon from second base to make it 7-0 Severna Park.

But Arundel, which had three fly-ball outs in the fourth, mounted a serious threat in the fifth.

Ziegler singled for a run and Brooks, who had the first two hits off Banks, reached on an error by Wells to send Joe Stevens home.

Jeff Lloyd followed with a single to load the bases and suddenly with one out in the Falcons' homer-friendly park, Banks found himself in trouble.

Clean-up hitter Jon Hanczaryk roped a drive into left-center, but center fielder Dixon got a good jump coming in, caught it and doubled off Brooks at second to end the inning.

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