County's big hitters meet today


May 16, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County's fiercest baseball rivalry will be renewed at 4 p.m. today in Gambrills as top-ranked Arundel (20-2) will play host to unranked Old Mill (13-7) in the Class 4A East semifinals.

After a hard-earned 9-7 victory Monday at Westminster, Arundel ran its winning streak to 13 games and its record to 20-2.

The Wildcats, who own the Maryland record for most state (eight) and region (12) baseball titles overcame a 6-5 deficit in the sixth inning with a four-run rally, highlighted by Bobby Goldbeck's bases-loaded triple.

Goldbeck (5-1) also picked up the win in relief of Joey Frykman.

Old Mill, the defending Class 4A East champion, won its quarterfinal, 5-3, over a Broadneck team (13-8) that had defeated the Patriots twice this season.

Old Mill got home runs from Tyler Young and Jay Long in the bottom of the fifth to make a winner out of ace left-hander Steve Johnson (6-2). Righty Scott Koscielniak pitched the last two innings to record the save.

Old Mill was ranked No. 5 in The Sun's preseason poll, but lost three out of four a couple weeks ago to slip to 8-7 and fell out of the poll. The Pats lost three league games in a row, including an 8-2 defeat against Arundel, but have won the past five in a row and are playing well at the right time.

Arundel last won a state title in 1998, its fourth during the '90's while Old Mill last won the state crown in 1989.

Of course, today's winner is not guaranteed to get to the final four with the Glen Burnie (8-12) and Severna Park (15-7) still around.

Glen Burnie upset No. 8 C. Milton Wright (14-8) on Monday, 3-2, as Josh Thomas and Justin Colona combined for the victory on the mound. The Gophers have a chance to turn what has been a very disappointing season into the shocker of the year.

If the Gophers win at home today over Severna Park, they would earn their third straight regional final appearance.

Coach Bruce Sider's Gophers won their first state title two years ago and dropped a 3-0 decision to Old Mill in last year's region finale.

Severna Park, a 7-3 winner over Chesapeake (11-9) on Monday, has never won a region title and certainly was not expected to do so this year. But coach Jim McCandless has done a remarkable rebuilding job with only three seniors.

In Class 3A, No. 7 Northeast (16-6) gets a chance to avenge last year's upset loss in the regional final to No. 12 River Hill (14-5) when the Hawks come calling at 4 p.m. in the East semis. Eagles coach Marshal Kawecki has ace Eric Brown (6-1, 2.70 ERA) ready to go in Pasadena.

The winner advances to Friday's 3A East final, to face either Annapolis (8-12) or South River (8-11).

Awards banquet

The 10th Friends of Joe Cannon Baseball Scholar Awards banquet is set for 6 p.m. Sunday at LaFontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie, with ex-Orioles second baseman Bill Ripken as guest speaker.

A representative from each of the county's 16 baseball-playing schools will be honored, with the most outstanding, runner-up and third-best player receiving monetary scholarships.

The 16 scholars are: Adam Bedell, Annapolis Area Christian School; Brian Powell, Annapolis; Jason Funk, Archbishop Spalding; Greg Mitchell, Arundel; Bryan Parks, Broadneck; Andrew Frank, Chesapeake; Greg Hammack, Glen Burnie; Thomas Krueter, Meade; Eric Brown, Northeast; Jay Long, Old Mill; Pat Myers, St. Mary's; Lawrence Heyworth, Severn; Mike Prim, Severna Park; Joseph Taylor, South River; and Chris Schneck, Southern-Harwood.

For information on the banquet, call Joe Rider at 410-766-8573.

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