Baseball

No. 3 MSJ shuts out top-ranked Arundel

Peeler has 10 strikeouts in 4-hitter vs. Wildcats, 3-0

Baseball

High School

April 06, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Senior Joe Peeler threw a four-hitter and struck out 10 for No. 3 Mount St. Joseph, which opened the Baseball Factory Showcase with a 3-0 victory yesterday over top-ranked Arundel in Gambrills.

The visiting Gaels got the decisive hit on Kevin Leasure's triple in a two-run fourth inning. Catcher Brian Bent knocked in an insurance run in the top of the seventh.

With the victory, the Gaels (6-1) meet Shenendahowa (N.Y.), a 4-2 winner over Thomas Johnson, at 1 p.m. today in the winner's bracket at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Arundel plays Thomas Johnson at 10 a.m. today at Cannon.

At the other site of the eight-team tournament, No. 2 Old Mill, which beat North Allegany (Pa.), 10-8, meets Steinert (N.J.) at Arundel.

Jefferson (W.Va.) plays North Allegany at 10 a.m. at Arundel.

Arundel-Mount St. Joseph was a matchup of two teams that are perennial contenders in their leagues, Arundel in the Anne Arundel County public school league and Mount St. Joseph in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference.

Arundel was coming off its first loss of the season, a 14-10 decision at home on Wednesday to No. 8 Severna Park. The loss ended the Wildcats' 20-game winning streak dating back to last season, when they won their last 17 games in capturing the Class 4A state championship.

"This was a real big win for us especially since we are very young team," said coach Dave Norton, whose Gaels were a last-minute addition after a New Jersey team dropped out.

The Gaels broke the ice in a scoreless duel between Peeler and Arundel's Joe Frykman by scoring two runs in the top of the fourth. Jeff Poff led off and reached base on an error and moved to second on Steve Clevenger's fielder's choice.

Leasure tripled Poff home for a 1-0 lead. Peeler, who is headed to Towson University on a baseball scholarship, helped himself out by lifting a sacrifice fly to left to score Leasure.

Peeler (3-0) escaped a no-out situation with runners on second and third in the bottom of the inning after Bobby Goldbeck singled and Frykman doubled for the Wildcats. The Gaels' right-hander set down three Wildcats in a row, two on strikeouts, to keep his 2-0 lead.

"Joe pitched very well for us this year," Norton said. "We worked on his delivery because he was a little off balance, and now he is back to where he was."

Mount St. Joseph got an extra run in its final at-bat when Peeler led off with a walk and his courtesy runner, Nick Cotter, scored on Bent's single after the former had stolen second base.

Frykman (1-1) allowed just four hits in defeat.

Last night, Old Mill (5-0) burst for six runs in the bottom of the fifth against North Allegany in a wild slugfest at Cannon. Catcher Zack Wissman and Matt Leone hit key doubles, Matt Buchholz tripled and Tyler Young went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Jon Pavlis struck out 12 in six innings for Old Mill to pick up the win, with Nick Couzantino pitching the final inning.

Adam Gronsky had two hits and four RBIs for North Allegany.

Thomas Johnson took an 2-0 lead in the first inning and Kevin Reinhart didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning, but that's when Shenedahowa got rolling, scoring once in the fifth, twice in the sixth and once in the seventh.

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