Sev. Park routs Old Mill for county title

Doot pitches six-hitter, Vitale goes 4-for-4 as Falcons beat No. 1, 9-2


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May 09, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Ryan Doot pitched a six-hitter and his teammates supported him with an 11-hit attack, led by Alex Vitale's 4-for-4 night, as No. 5 Severna Park ripped top-ranked Old Mill, 9-2, to win the Anne Arundel County baseball championship last night at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

Doot (5-2) struck out four and walked one in throwing only 89 pitches to get the job done.

"It was definitely my best game of the year," Doot said. "I had all my pitches working and kept them down, except for that one."

Using a fastball, curve and changeup, Doot went in and out, up and down in keeping the Patriots off balance with his change of speeds and excellent location. That "one" pitch was a homer to left by Old Mill's Brandon Sanders leading off the bottom of the sixth, and it was the Pats' final run.

"Ryan has pitched a lot of big games for us over the last couple years and done the job," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless.

"And he had a couple quick innings [third, fourth and seventh], throwing only eight or nine pitches."

The Falcons (16-5) became the first county team to win the championship three times since the game began in 1996, although it was their second time outright.

Severna Park was a co-champion in 1998 when the final was rained out and then won it under McCandless in 2000 by 12-11 over Arundel in the coach's first season at his alma mater.

Old Mill (16-5) also came into last night's final with one co-championship in 1996 and an outright title in 1997.

Severna Park and Old Mill had each finished the county regular season at 13-3 in the league, and in their only meeting this spring, Old Mill was an 8-2 winner. That game was also played at Cannon Stadium.

Old Mill ace Jon Pavlis tossed a four-hitter that night to stop the Falcons, but was not nearly as sharp last night in suffering the loss. The Falcons came out swinging and built a 7-0 lead on Pavlis (6-2) after five at-bats.

"Jon just wasn't sharp tonight, and his pitches were too good on two-strike counts," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery.

"[Doot] pitched a really good game for them. We didn't hit the ball the way we are capable of hitting."

Vitale, who was 0-for-2 with a strikeout in the first game against Pavlis, hit a double to left-center in the second inning to drive in the Falcons' first run. Eric Buntz scored after getting his first of three hits, Vitale came home on an error and the Falcons were on their way.

"I think everyone was more prepared for this game," Vitale said.

"Last time we went into the game sitting on a 10-game winning streak and were kind of lackadaisical. This time we realized that we had to get it going and get ready for the playoffs. I hope it carries over, that's just another thing we need to win [states]."

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