Arundel rolls, 10-3, to tighten county race

Wildcats down Sev. Park

five teams in title hunt


May 02, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Senior southpaw Chris Kostic went the distance and No. 4 Arundel pounded out 12 hits in rolling past No. 3 Severna Park, 10-3, yesterday to add further drama to the wild Anne Arundel County baseball race for the two berths in the May 8 championship game.

Second baseman Jesse Trout went 4-for-4 with a double, RBI, and two runs scored. The Wildcats' 12-hit attack also featured five hits from their sophomore eighth and ninth hitters in Joey Zimmerman (2-for-2, double, three runs) and Dusty Mitchell (3-for-3, two RBIs).

Kostic, a slender 6 feet 2 and 160 pounds, changed speeds and threw strikes with his fastball, curve and change in going the distance on 131 pitches.

He walked three and struck out five to deal the Falcons (12-5) their third straight loss, leaving them 10-3 in the league.

"When Chris gets his curveball over, the other team usually hits the ball on the ground or little fly balls," said Trout.

Arundel (13-5) is now 10-4 in the league. With two games left, there are three other teams - Old Mill, Broadneck and Glen Burnie - still alive along with Severna Park and Arundel for the two championship game berths.

"We were in a situation where a win this week could have put us in the championship game, but it was a really lackadaisical effort today," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless.

"We didn't swing the bat very well today and haven't all week."

Kostic (2-0), who is playing his first year of baseball after giving up tennis, where he was third in last year's county tournament, deserves a lot of the credit for the Falcons not hitting the ball yesterday.

Severna Park did not have one extra base hit in its homer friendly park. Kostic kept the Falcons' big hitters off balance in avenging the Wildcats' 14-10 early season loss to the Falcons at Arundel.

"They hit four home runs off of us the last game and I was a little nervous at first today," said Kostic, whose older brother, Andy Kostic, was an All-Metro right-hander on a state champion Arundel team several years ago.

"But I got over it after about the second inning when I realized I could keep them in [the ball park]."

Arundel's hitters also eased the tension for Kostic by scoring two runs in each of the first three innings, one in the fourth and three in the fifth to take a 10-1 lead.

"Chris was outstanding and we just had a great ball game today," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter.

Severna Park's leadoff batter, center fielder Andrew Jensen, had three hits, and Eric Buntz and Alex Vitale had two each, but they were the only Falcons to have some success against Kostic.

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