Timely hitting boosts Severna Park

No. 2 Falcons roll past No. 11 Broadneck, 11-4

Baseball

High Schools

March 30, 2003

Ryan Doot, ace right-hander of No. 2 Severna Park, wasn't as sharp as he usually is, but he got the job done to win his first start of the season, 11-4, at No. 11 Broadneck in Cape St. Claire yesterday.

The Falcons (3-0) supported Doot with timely hitting, as five of their eight hits, all singles, scored seven runs. Leadoff batter Andrew Jensen had two hits and three RBIs, and the Falcons' Nos. 8 and 9 hitters, catcher Mike Zimmerman and outfielder Andrew Ferris, each had a two-run single.

Doot, a returning All-County pitcher headed to the Naval Academy, was coming off a minor muscle injury to his throwing arm and went six innings on 93 pitches. He gave up four runs on five hits, struck out four and walked four.

"I pulled a muscle in my shoulder about a week and a half ago and I got the ball up a little, but I'm glad I got out here and got my confidence up," said Doot, who gave up a homer to Freddie Steinmark leading off the bottom of the sixth.

"The rest did me pretty well, and hopefully I will get going and keep the ball down. This was the first time I threw over 50 pitches this spring because of the bad weather."

Tom Howell threw a sharp 1-2-3 seventh for the Falcons, with all the outs on ground balls.

Broadneck (2-2) took a 1-0 lead in the second on the first of two hits by Dan Rosenblum, but the Falcons tied it in their next at-bat on Jensen's RBI single.

The Falcons took the lead for good with three runs in the fourth and added five in the fifth. Left-hander Mike Williams, the Bruins' starter and loser, was chased in the fourth after loading the bases with none out.

Zimmerman greeted reliever Jesse Rickabaugh by hitting a two-run single into right-center.

In the fifth, left-hand-hitting Ferris poked a ground shot past Bruins first baseman Rick Phelps, who was up on the corner, to score two runs. That gave the Falcons a 9-2 lead.

The crucial inning started with Rickabaugh hitting the first two batters, followed by Greg Drenning's second single of the game, a walk and an error.

"Walks and hit batters, giving a good hitting team like Severna Park situations to put runners in scoring position, is playing into their hand," said Bruins coach Sean Tettemer.

Broadneck got the leadoff man on in the third and fourth innings but missed out on getting something going because of two stellar defensive plays by the Falcons' corner men.

Third baseman Matt Wyble snared a hard shot to his left by Steinmark with a man on third and dove into the bag to double up the runner to end the third.

The Bruins' bid for a big inning in the fourth was thwarted by a 3-6-3 double play, started and finished by Alex Vitale, the Falcons' first baseman.

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