Wissman's first homer is grand for Old Mill, 13-10

No. 2 Patriots gain final of Showcase tournament


April 07, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Zack Wissman delivered a game-winning grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning yesterday to help Old Mill win a 13-10 slugfest over Steinert (N.J.) at Arundel High School.

The victory put the second-ranked Patriots into last night's championship of the two-day, eight-team Baseball Factory Showcase.

The Patriots took a 7-2 lead in the first inning, but Steinert got to Old Mill starter Sean Brannon for eight runs in the third to take a 10-9 lead. Tyler Young relieved Brannon and went the rest of the way throwing four scoreless innings to pick up the win thanks to Wissman's booming shot over the right-centerfield fence at Arundel High.

"It felt great because we needed it big time," said Wissman, whose homer was his first of the season. "I told a couple of our guys that I was going to go up there and try to hit a big shot, not a home run, just a big shot to get us a couple runs. It turned out to be a grand slam."

Old Mill's bats have played a major part in its success this tournament.

"We're real happy with our hitting," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery. "In our league, we hit the ball well against some teams not very good and came down here to see how good we really were."

Shenendehowa (N.Y.) 2, Mount St. Joseph's 1: Third-ranked Mount St. Joseph's bid to make it to the final came up short when their bats were silenced by Steve Bronder, who fashioned a three-hitter that included seven strikeouts to make a pair of third inning runs stand up.

"We got our run in the bottom of the sixth and had the bases loaded with two out," said Gaels coach Dave Norton.

"Our Paul Santucci lined a shot to left, but their left fielder made a shoestring catch and that was the ballgame for us."

Senior lefty Dave Centineo scattered nine hits and struck out seven for the Gaels (6-2).

Arundel 8, Thomas Johnson 4: Catcher Jason Clemons was 3-for-4 and first baseman Bobby Goldbeck was 2-for-4 with two RBIs as the top-ranked Wildcats (4-2) ended a two-game losing streak by winning their first game in this two-day event.

The Wildcats scored two runs in each of the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to make a winner out of left-hander Chris Kostic. Chip Ziegler closed the last two innings for the victors.

Ziegler took the mound in the top of the sixth after being hit by a pitch in the bottom of the fifth. It was the seventh time Ziegler has been hit by a pitch this season and a county career-record 15th time.

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