Glen Burnie saves its best for last vs. Chesapeake, 3-1

Final at-bat lifts Gophers

Munker picks up victory

March 28, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Missed scoring opportunities in the first three innings came back to haunt visiting Chesapeake yesterday in a 3-1 loss to Glen Burnie in Anne Arundel County baseball.

With the game originally scheduled for Chesapeake, the two teams flipped their home-and-home series when the Cougars' field was not playable.

The Gophers (3-1) rallied for all of their runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to stun the Cougars (1-2), who attempted to make a first-inning run stand up behind senior right-hander Vic Ostrowski.

Ostrowski took a two-hitter on just 67 pitches into the sixth.

"I just felt sorry for Ostrowski," said Chesapeake coach Jim Simms. "He just threw his heart out, but we didn't get him any runs when we had the chances."

Chris Newton started the winning rally with a double, and scored on a hit by Tim Rathell, who failed to get a sacrifice bunt down before getting a single. Keith Williams was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to give the Gophers a 2-1 lead, and Tim Smith's squeeze bunt produced an insurance run.

Senior right-hander Derrick Munker set down all nine Cougars he faced in relief of starter Josh Larkins to notch his first win of the season.

Chesapeake's leadoff hitter, Nick Bowen, scored off Larkins in the first inning, but the Cougars left six men on base through the first three innings. They did not have another base runner after the third inning, with their last 14 batters failing to reach base.

"I'm real pleased with our pitching," said Gopher coach Bruce Sider. "It's what's holding us together."

Larkins survived a bases-loaded jam with one out in the third and retired the last five Cougars he faced before giving way to Munker.

"I had my fastball and slider working pretty good," said Munker, who struck out three of the nine batters he faced.

Ostrowski had retired nine Gophers in succession before the speedy Newton led off with a standup double over third base to start what would be the Gophers' final at-bat.

Rathell lined an 0-2 pitch into center field to tie the score. With the bases loaded, Williams was hit in the back, giving the Gophers the lead.

Ostrowski, who allowed five hits and one walk and struck out six on 90 pitches, almost escaped the jam as Smith popped up his bunt to the first-base side.

It was in Ostrowski's glove for a second, but the pitcher lost his footing and the ball, allowing Colin Bednar to score the third run.

Bowen bunted the first pitch of the game for a hit down the third-base line, stole second, moved to third on Brandon Napier's fielder's choice and scored on Jim Wienke's sacrifice fly to right for a 1-0 Chesapeake lead.

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