Arundel beats Broadneck, gives Walter 500th victory

Eight-run third erases 5-1 deficit, lifts Wildcats in East quarterfinals, 13-9

Class 4A baseball

May 15, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Stormy weather brought sunshine to defending Class 4A state baseball champion Arundel yesterday as the Wildcats overcame a 5-1 deficit and went on to a 13-9 victory over Broadneck in an East Regional quarterfinal.

As wind and rain swept across the Arundel diamond in the bottom of the third inning, the Wildcats burst for eight runs to take a 9-5 lead. Jesse Trout's bases-loaded triple was the big hit in the inning as Arundel capitalized on five walks by Broadneck starter and loser Andrew Keever and changed the momentum as fast as the weather did.

Broadneck would later tie the score at 9, but Arundel scored two runs in each of the last two innings, with Trout driving in the winning run.

The sun would be shining, literally and figuratively, before the day was over as the Wildcats made 29-year coach Bernie Walter the first Maryland public school coach to win 500 games.

"I think it's a longevity thing for me, but it's not just one group of kids," Walter said.

"It's been an evolution of players from one group to the next. It's sort of a passing on to the next group, and the next group doesn't want to be the team that breaks the chain."

Walter, whose record is 500-137 (.785), is also attempting to add to his Maryland record for state titles (nine) as his No. 4-ranked Wildcats (16-6) advanced to today's 4 p.m. region semifinal at home vs. No. 10 Westminster (16-4).

Westminster was a 9-8 winner over No. 15 Chesapeake (13-9) yesterday.

The No. 9 Bruins (14-7) jumped on Arundel starter Bobby Goldbeck for four first-inning runs. Goldbeck, who was making his first start in weeks due to tendinitis, gave up a two-run homer to right by Bruins catcher Preston Pehrson.

Goldbeck struck out Keever leading off the second before being chased on back-to-back singles by Matt Lewis (4-for-5, with a triple and four runs scored) and Pehrson.

Junior Travis Chamberlain (2-0) replaced Goldbeck and gave up a run-scoring single to Jon Taylor to make it 5-1, Broadneck. Chamberlain struck out the next two hitters and went the rest of the way for the win.

Chamberlain helped his cause with a two-run single in the sixth off Bruins reliever Mike Heidler after the Wildcats had scored twice in the fifth on an error and Trout's third hit.

"He's a bulldog, a fierce competitor," Walter said.

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