Pavlis lifts Old Mill to 8-2 upset

Pitcher leads way in win over No. 1 Severna Park


High Schools

April 27, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Severna Park ran into an Old Mill baseball team that is doing all the things the Falcons had been doing to go unbeaten in their first 11 Anne Arundel County games.

No. 6 Old Mill continued on that successful track last night, defeating the No. 1 Falcons, 8-2, at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

After being upset by Annapolis, 1-0, earlier in the week, Old Mill has reeled off three straight wins over top-10 teams by getting solid pitching and defense and clutch hitting.

"Our guys weren't taken back by it," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery of the loss to Annapolis. "They just got tougher and got stronger, and that's the way we can play. Timely hitting and good defensive plays, and Jon [Pavlis] pitched a good ball game."

Last night, the senior right-hander Pavlis (6-1) went the distance on a four-hitter for the Patriots (12-4), who lifted their county league record to 9-3 while Severna Park (13-3) slipped to 11-1.

"Four hits is the least amount of hits we've had all year, and we had some mental mistakes we haven't had all year," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless.

"Throwing to the wrong bases, not backing up bases, things like that. We just didn't have a good day."

Just as junior Nick Couzantino had done the day before in a 9-1 romp over No. 4 Broadneck (11-5, 8-4), Pavlis not only was outstanding on the mound but also swung a big bat.

Pavlis struck out three and walked four on 109 pitches and had three hits and four RBIs, including a crucial pair in a four-run fifth inning that clinched the outcome.

"When he got into trouble, he was able to get them out, and they have a pretty potent lineup," Montgomery said. "That was a big difference in the ball game."

Old Mill spotted Pavlis a 4-0 lead by scoring in each of the first three innings, with Tyler Young, who was 2-for-4 with two RBIs, tripling home a run and then scoring on a wild pitch in the second inning. The two runs there came off Falcons starter Jason Howse, who gave way to Tom Howell.

Pavlis, who started the second with a double, singled in the fourth run in the third and delivered his two-run single with the bases loaded in the fifth.

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