Old Mill squeaks out 5-4 win over Sev. Park

Patriots lose coach for game at Arundel for arguing call in third


High School

April 24, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Old Mill won the game, but lost its head coach for tomorrow's big game at No. 2 Arundel as the two teams renew Anne Arundel County's most intense baseball rivalry.

No. 10-ranked Old Mill (8-4) edged No. 5 Severna Park, 5-4, in Millersville yesterday, but coach Mel Montgomery was ejected in the third inning and must sit out the next game per county rules.

Old Mill was down 4-3 when Montgomery was tossed for only the third time in 23 years. Third base coach Rodney Williams, the cause of the controversy, took the reins.

A two-run double in the fifth by center fielder Brandon Sanders was the decisive blow for the Patriots. Scott Koscielniak (1-0), who bailed the Patriots out of a serious jam leaving the bases loaded in the fifth, got the win.

Severna Park (9-4) erased Old Mill's 2-0 lead with a four-run third, but in the home half, Steve Johnson doubled in a run to make it 4-3.

With two outs, Sanders singled to right and Johnson took a wide turn at third coming to a stop and making contact with Williams, who appeared to use his hands on Johnson.

"He ran into me, " said Williams. "I put the brakes on him and he ran into me."

Falcons first baseman Tim Pollock, who took the relay, threw to third with Johnson hung up and his throw went out of play to apparently tie the game.

Severna Park coach Jim McCandless questioned Williams' part in the play and the umpires called Johnson out.

"He [Williams] grabbed the runner and I checked with the third base umpire and he agreed, " said McCandless.

The reversal sent Montgomery sprinting onto the field.

"I let him have his say, but he kept it up and I had to toss him for going too long," said Kurt Froelich, the umpire who says he told Montgomery and Williams that "the latter was out of the coaching box, assisted the runner and any such contact is an out."

Montgomery insisted that all Froelich kept telling him was that Williams "was not in the coaching box and because he was not, he interfered with the runner and the runner is out."

"They [umpires] never said he assisted the runner. If they had, I would have gone back because that's a judgment call."

Severna Park played without one of its top hitters in Mike Prim.

"Good question. He wasn't in school today," said McCandless when asked about Prim.

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