Watkins Mill stops Old Mill in 4A, 6-0

Dulaney also gains final

Anne Arundel shut out

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May 24, 2000|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

BOWIE - Timely hitting and a superb pitching effort by junior right-hander Ryan Moran led Watkins Mill to a 6-0 victory over No.6 Old Mill in the second Class 4A state semifinal at Prince George's Stadium last night.

In winning their 16th straight game, the Wolverines (18-2) advanced to their first state final in four appearances in the final four, the first since 1994.

Watkins Mill will meet No.11 Dulaney (16-8) at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. Dulaney, a 2-0 victor over Eleanor Roosevelt, is also looking for its first state championship.

The Wolverines ended Anne Arundel County's string of three straight 4A state titles, and this year's final will not have an Anne Arundel team in it for the first time since 1992.

Old Mill's tradition of playing for the big inning under coach Mel Montgomery backfired as it left six runners on base through the first four innings and 10 for the game.

Without ever bunting or attempting a steal when the game was close, the Patriots made it easy for Moran by committing eight first-pitch outs.

Moran went six innings, throwing just 47 pitches and giving up five hits and three walks. Because of state pitching rules that allow a pitcher just 14 innings in a seven-day period, Moran had to come out after the sixth. He traded places with third baseman Steve Hannegan.

Hannegan loaded the bases on two walks and Zack Wissman's second single of the night, but preserved the shutout by turning a line drive by Craig English into a double play and getting the final out on a grounder to Moran.

"We're not a dominating team, but we play solid defense, our pitching is good and we can scratch some runs, " said Watkins Mill coach Ken Brace, who led the team to region titles in 1992, '93 and '94 and owns a state title in football.

The Wolverines scored in the first on a two-out single to left by pitcher and clean-up hitter Moran for a 1-0 lead.

In Old Mill's initial turn at-bat, Jay Long led off with a single up the middle to excite the Patriots fans, but just as quickly hushed them by being picked off first. The next two Patriots went down.

After the Wolverines added a run in the second on Chris Segura's pop-fly single with the bases loaded for a 2-0 lead, the Pats again got the first man on in Antoine Cooksey. The next three batters went down, with Cooksey, one of the faster players in the area, stranded at first.

Jackson retired Watkins Mill in order in the top of the third and Old Mill catcher Wissman led off the Pats' half of the inning with a single to right. With No.9 hitter Craig English up, it seemed like the perfect time for a bunt. Instead, English swung and popped out.

Long followed with his second hit and Wissman's courtesy runner, Matt Shiflett, stopped at second. He went no farther as Moran retired Galloway and Carpenter on a popout and ground ball, respectively.

Dulaney 2, Eleanor Roosevelt 0: Lions senior left-hander Trevor MacMeekin threw only fastballs and curves, showing fine placement, as he baffled his Prince George's County foes.

Finishing with a four-hitter, MacMeekin (7-1) struck out seven and walked none.


State semifinals

Yesterday's results

Class 4A

Dulaney 2, E. Roosevelt 0

Watkins Mill 6, Old Mill 0

Class 3A

River Hill vs. Damascus, 7

Class 2A

Towson 5, Lackey 2

Class 1A

Rising Sun 6, Brunswick 2

St. Michael's vs. Southern-G, late

Today's games

(At Arundel)

Class 3A

LaPlata vs. Fallston, 4 p.m.

Class 2A

North Harford vs. Walkersville, 7 p.m.

State finals

(At Joe Cannon Stadium, Harmans)

Friday's game

Class 4A, 7 p.m.

Saturday's games

Class 1A, noon

Class 2A, 3:30 p.m.

Class 3A, 7 p.m.

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