No. 2 Severna Park trips again in playoffs

Bellerby, Broadneck top favored Falcons, 8-6

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May 16, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

No high school baseball team in the metro area has broken the hearts of their fans like Severna Park. And they did it again yesterday in Cape St. Claire.

The second-ranked and heavily favored Falcons (19-4) were upset by No. 14 Broadneck, 8-6, in the Class 4A East quarterfinals on strong pitching by senior Ryan Bellerby and timely hitting by several Bruins (13-7).

Broadneck (13-7) visits No. 9 Old Mill (14-7), a 3-2 winner over North County (10-11) yesterday, in a 4A East semifinal tomorrow.

On the way to the Anne Arundel County championship this spring, Severna Park defeated Broadneck, 10-0 and 11-6, in a three-day period and had disposed of No. 5 Arundel, 13-2, on Friday.

But the Falcons' snakebitten history, repeated itself under rookie coach Jim McCandless.

So many times over the years Falcons powerhouses have come up short in the playoffs, but this was supposed to be the season the 40-year-old school finally won a region title and made it to the final four in baseball.

Jim Pitt stepped down after 26 frustrating years as Severna Park coach last spring with McCandless, one of his former players, succeeding him.

McCandless said all along "our goal is to do something this school has never done -- win a state championship."

Now he knows how Pitt felt.

"Yes, this is very disappointing because of our goal, but hopefully we will learn from this, " said McCandless.

The last time Broadneck upset Severna Park in the 4A playoffs was in 1992, when the Falcons were nationally ranked and led by All-Metro infielderpitcher Rob McCandless, the younger brother of the current coach.

Winning pitcher Jeff Vincent belted a homer to upset Severna Park, 5-4, in '92 and Broadneck moved down to 3A the following season and won a state title in 1995 under Mark Stover.

"I remember it well, " said Stover, who led the Bruins back up to 4A this season.

"When Severna Park won the other day [over Arundel], I called [Bellerby] up and told him, now you've got a chance for redemption because they're the guys that messed you around last time.

"They tattooed us the first game and we were emotionally down."

Bellerby (8-2) only lasted into the third in the 10-0 loss, but went all seven innings yesterday on 126 pitches. The right-hander scattered seven hits, walked four, hit Kevin Wells twice and struck out four, including Chris Odom with the bases loaded to end the game.

"Win or lose today, I still wanted one more crack at them," said Bellerby, who doubled in two runs in the first as one of several hitting heroes for the Bruins in a back-and-forth game.

"I give them credit they still hit the ball, but we came out ready to play and weren't going to let anything stop us."

Designated hitter Matt Stover had three hits and scored two runs, J.T. Taylor and Tim Gappert had two RBIs each and Eric Walsh doubled in what proved to be the winning run off losing pitcher Jason Carl (6-1) in the fourth.

The Falcons had tied the game a second time in the top of the fourth on a two-run single by sophomore Tim Pollock and Dave Weber's second of three singles.

Softball

Severna Park 4, Broadneck 2: Kim Burke went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Lauren Pollock threw a four-hitter to lead the No. 7 Falcons (14-8) in the Class 4A East region quarterfinal.

North County 10, Old Mill 0: The No. 4 Knights (14-4) needed just five innings to eliminate the visitors, with sophomore Brittany Boyd earning the shutout.

Glen Burnie 24, Meade 2: Kristen Shacklock and Allison Hohman had bases-loaded triples as the No. 2 Gophers rolled past visiting Meade. The Gophers will meet Chespeake at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Randazzo Park.

Chesapeake-AA 3, Westminster 0: Katie Nelson pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the No. 5 Cougars, who got two hits each from Lindsay Ries and Kristen Bishoff.

Girls lacrosse

Annapolis 12, Broadneck 11: Kristy Dirks (7 goals, 2 assists) broke an 11-11 tie with 2: 34 left to lead the Class 4A-3A defending state champ Panthers past their county rivals. Sarah Oliphant (three goals, three assists) helped Annapolis rally from a 9-4 halftime deficit.

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