Arundel gets revenge, 13-6 win

Late-inning outbursts end 4-game skid against champion Severna Park

High Schools

Baseball

March 27, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Arundel didn't get down after two questionable umpire calls against it, erupting for nine runs in its last two at-bats to defeat Severna Park, 13-6, yesterday in Anne Arundel County baseball.

Tenth-ranked Arundel (1-1) got three hits each from Nick Pleyo and Bobby Goldbeck, a pair of doubles by Greg Mitchell and strong relief pitching by Travis Chamberlain and Bart Maxwell.

"We have a young team that needs to learn how to win," said coach Bernie Walter, whose Wildcats lost their opener, 8-7, in the late innings to Southern-Harwood. "Today they did what they had to do to win [in late innings]."

The No. 9 Falcons (1-2) beat Arundel four straight times last year on its way to the county championship.

"They were a little more hungry than we were today," said Severna Park's second-year coach Jim McCandless. "They competed well and came in like they wanted to make a statement after what happened last year."

Arundel took a 3-0 lead on a sacrifice fly by catcher Brian Puglise, an RBI single by Pleyo and Joe Stevens' fielder's choice in the fourth inning. The Falcons promptly scored all six of their runs in the fourth inning.

The first Severna Park run scored when an overthrow at third was reversed from staying in play to being out of play. That seemed to motivate the Falcons, who then chased Arundel's starter, Goldbeck.

Chamberlain, a sophomore right-hander, replaced Goldbeck with one out in the fourth. Chamberlain walked two, the second with the bases loaded, but settled down to get out of the inning.

Arundel scored a run in the top of the fifth and might have gotten more had it not been for a call that killed their inning, but then Chamberlain loaded the bases again in the bottom half.

Chamberlain again escaped, this time on a comebacker that went home-to-first for an inning-ending double play.

Joey Frykman started things for Arundel in the sixth by singling off Falcons sophomore right-hander Alex Vitale. Mitchell and Pleyo (four RBIs) each doubled in two as the Wildcats scored five for a 9-6 lead.

Vitale left after six innings and 110 pitches, giving up 10 hits and nine runs. Senior Len Smith pitched the seventh for the Falcons.

A dropped fly ball to start the inning and later the Falcons' fifth error of the game in addition to RBIs by Mitchell, Pleyo and Maxwell put the Wildcats up seven.

Maxwell closed it out by retiring the last six Falcons in order in the sixth and seventh innings.

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