No. 2 Arundel batters No. 10 Old Mill, 7-2, for 6th straight win

Lively's pitching gem, 10 hits carry Wildcats


High Schools

April 26, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Struggling Old Mill ran into Anne Arundel County's top baseball team on the latter's home diamond in Gambrills yesterday and lost for the third time in four games, 7-2, to No. 2-ranked Arundel (13-2).

Not even the return of coach Mel Montgomery, who served a one-game suspension in a 9-6 loss to Chesapeake on Tuesday after being ejected in a 5-4 win over No. 5 Severna Park on Monday, could change the luck of the No. 10 Patriots (8-6).

It didn't help that Old Mill had to face one of the county's hottest pitchers in Arundel right-hander Jason Lively.

Lively (5-0) mixed a fastball, curve and slider to scatter seven hits, strike out four and walk only one on 86 pitches. His teammates supported him with a 10-hit attack led by three hits and four RBIs by Nick Pleyo, as Arundel won its sixth consecutive game.

Old Mill second baseman Craig English, who was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, was the only Patriot Lively couldn't solve, but he did get English on a grounder to end the game.

"This is my biggest win because Old Mill is always a contender and we had to get ahead of them even more, and get a little cushion," said Lively, who enabled his team to take a three-game lead over the Patriots in the county.

Lively is one of several surprises for Arundel, which had more than a few question marks going into the season.

At the end of last season, Lively pitched for the Wildcats, and over the summer he pitched regularly for coach Mark Walther's Gambrills team that played in the Continental Amateur Baseball Association 16-and-under World Series in Dallas.

"I had a good summer and was waiting for my chance coming into this season, " said Lively, who is not a strikeout pitcher but relies on location and his defense. The Wildcats committed only one error yesterday that led to an unearned run in the fifth.

"He [coach Bernie Walter] gave it to me and I wanted to show him I could pitch."

Walter is ecstatic about the way his club has been swinging the bat, with seven players hitting over .400. That was evident yesterday as the Wildcats hammered Old Mill left-hander Steve Johnson (3-2), who went all the way.

After English doubled in the first and Jay Long singled him in a for a 1-0 Old Mill lead, Arundel jumped on Johnson for two first-inning runs, added two in the third and put the game away with three in the fifth.

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