Severna Park batters top-ranked Arundel, 14-10

Five-run sixth inning helps hold off rally, end Wildcats' 20-game streak


High Schools

April 04, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Cold weather usually favors pitchers, but that wasn't the case yesterday in Gambrills, where No. 8 Severna Park upset No. 1 Arundel, 14-10.

In a matchup of two Anne Arundel County baseball teams with proven pitching, the batters heated up a chilling wind with 25 hits and four homers, including three by Severna Park.

Severna Park (3-2) dealt Arundel (3-1) its first loss and ended the nine-time state champion Wildcats' 20-game winning streak that dated back to last season.

No longer a Class 4A team with Arundel, 3A Severna Park is expected to battle the Wildcats and other 4A teams such as No. 2 Old Mill and No. 5 Broadneck for the county title.

After squandering a 7-0 lead, the Falcons scored five runs in the sixth inning on a three-run homer by catcher Steve Weber and a two-run shot by shortstop Eric Buntz to break a 9-9 tie.

"It's a seven-inning game and we knew it wasn't over early because they've got a very good ballclub and we fully expected them to come back," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless, whose Falcons lost two games over the weekend in the Thomas Stone tournament. "We showed a lot coming back, answered back when we had to."

Alex Vitale's three-run homer highlighted a six-run first inning as the visitors pounded Arundel starter Jason Lively, who was 10-0 last season and earned All-Metro honors as a junior.

Lively left yesterday after giving up 10 hits in four innings and with Arundel trailing 9-8. Chip Ziegler (1-1) worked the last three innings and suffered the loss after giving up the crucial sixth-inning homers.

"It was a strange ballgame and our pitchers just didn't hold 'em, simple as that," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter. "You give up 14 runs, you're going to have a tough time winning."

Matt Wyble singled in the Falcons' seventh run in the third, but Arundel first baseman Bobby Goldbeck hit a grand slam in the bottom half off starter Kevin Smith to make it 7-4.

Smith escaped a second bases-loaded jam in the same inning thanks to an inning-ending double play started by Buntz with the dangerous Ziegler waiting on deck.

Tim Pollock, who matched the three-hit days by Weber and Buntz, doubled in two runs in the fourth inning to put the Falcons up 9-4, but the Wildcats chased Smith and made it a one-run game in the bottom half.

Smith plunked Ziegler, who was hit by a pitch a county-record four times yesterday, leading off the Arundel fourth and was replaced by Tom Howell.

Howell, who was the pitcher of record for the Falcons, gave up a two-run double to Joey Frykman as Arundel rallied within 9-8. The Wildcats tied it in the fifth on Lively's infield hit that scored Ziegler.

Severna Park's big sixth inning followed to make it 14-9.

Arundel closed the scoring in the sixth inning on catcher Jason Clemons' fourth hit of the game, off Ryan Doot, who finished for the Falcons to preserve the victory for Howell.

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