Top-ranked Sev. Park slips past Glen Burnie

Weber's HR, rare call help Falcons run county record to 10-0 with 5-4 victory

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April 23, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Continuing to do whatever it takes, top-ranked Severna Park remained unbeaten in Anne Arundel County League baseball yesterday by edging Glen Burnie, 5-4.

Ryan Doot (3-1) bested Glen Burnie's Justin Colona (4-2) in a battle of finesse pitchers who throw in the 70-mph range, relying on location and making the other team hit.

Severna Park catcher Steve Weber's two-run homer highlighted a three-run first inning, and the Falcons added unearned runs in the third and fifth.

The host Falcons, the third team in the metro area to be ranked No. 1 in the Sun poll this spring, are 10-0 in the league and 11-2 overall.

"We seem to find a way to win with different guys stepping up and Steve Weber has been very consistent for us," said coach Jim McCandless, whose Falcons have reeled off nine in a row since losing twice in an Easter tournament.

Ninth-ranked Glen Burnie (8-5) slipped to 7-2 in the county with its second straight loss after winning five in a row.

The Gophers scored twice in the top of the sixth off Doot to get within a run. McCandless summoned his closer, junior right-hander Tom Howell, to pitch the seventh.

Howel (2-0) notched his third save with help from a rare call by base umpire Ken Maurer.

Collin Bednar beat out a hit into the hole at shortstop to lead off the Glen Burnie seventh. Pinch runner Joey Giunta replaced Bednar.

Keith Williams grounded sharply to second baseman Andrew Gosman, who flipped to shortstop Eric Buntz for the force at second. The speedy Williams beat Buntz's throw to first for the double play.

But to nearly everyone's surprise, Maurer called interference on Giunta for sliding away from the base.

"For a legal slide, the runner must slide within reach of the base with either hand or foot," said Glen Burnie coach Bruce Sider, reading from the rulebook after the game.

"The kid reached and touched the base with his hand and he [umpire] called two outs. The umpire was within his rights to make the call that he did. But in a close ballgame like that, that's a pretty gutsy call for an umpire to make."

Maurer enforced the letter of the rule. Giunta in no way made an attempt to take the infielder out on the play.

Howell then gave up a single to Anthony Archie before coaxing Ron Hugel into a game-ending grounder to first baseman Alex Vitale.

Two of Glen Burnie's runs came via the wild pitch, and Hugel and Tim Smith singled in the others.

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