Arundel wastes no time shifting into forward gear


High Schools

April 06, 2003|By PAT O'MALLEY

It didn't take long for the Arundel baseball team to turn things around.

Out of The Sun's rankings for the first time in 15 years after a season-opening, 11-3 loss to Southern-Anne Arundel, the Wildcats avenged that defeat with a 13-4 rout of the Bulldogs to start a four-game winning streak.

Arundel, which has won a record nine state titles, started the season at No. 15, with coach Bernie Walter saying, "We're no top 20 team; maybe top 100."

Walter's assessment appeared to be accurate after the Wildcats opened the season with eight errors in the loss to Southern at home.

Arundel immediately dropped out of The Sun poll for the first time since 1988, when it suffered only the second losing season in Walter's 30-year tenure, which includes over 500 wins.

Walter suffered a heart attack seven games into the 1988 season and the Wildcats finished 9-11. The only other losing season (7-11) came in Walter's first year, in 1974.

This past week, Arundel started with an 8-0 rout of Annapolis and then swept previously ranked Broadneck by scores of 10-7 and 5-4.

Joe Frykman led the Wildcats to Friday's win over Broadneck. Frykman scattered eight hits and struck out four run while also getting three hits, including two doubles and three RBIs.

Arundel goes after its fifth straight win tomorrow at home against Northeast (3-3), and then plays in the Baseball Factory Invitational this weekend.

Around the horn

South River (2-3) posted the baseball upset of the weekend, defeating No. 2 Old Mill (6-1), 7-3. That leaves top-ranked Severna Park (7-0) as the county's only unbeaten team. And Annapolis (2-4) continued its hex over Southern (3-4).

Host Old Mill was attempting to win its fourth game of the week when the Patriots played host to South River in Millersville.

"What we don't want to do is make somebody's season by not playing well, and we did exactly what we weren't supposed to do," said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery.

"But you've got to give them a lot of credit because they were up from the moment they stepped off the bus until they got the final out. We gave them some optimism early."

The Seahawks took advantage of four Old Mill errors, a balk and Jeff Herbert's two-run homer to make a winner out of sophomore Eddie Milligan. Milligan scattered nine hits - including, a double and two homers by Bernie Harvey - and struck out two.

Matt Marshall became the second Severna Park sophomore to win his first varsity start in two days when he one-hit Meade (0-6), 10-0 on Friday for the Falcons' seventh win in a row. The day before, Harrison Taylor picked up his first win, 7-2, over South River.

Josh Brown pitched a one-hitter with 11 strikeouts to shut down Southern, 9-1, on Friday. It was the third straight in two years for Brown and Annapolis over the Bulldogs.

"Josh Brown threw two good games against us last year," said coach Gary Gubbings of Southern, the county's only 2A school and a state finalist last year.

"This may be a little humble pie for us. We'll see how these kids take it, but they are working hard. Considering where we started five-six years ago, our program has come a long way."

Softball sideliners

Tracey Dahlen had three hits and three RBIs for No. 1 Chesapeake (6-1) in a 7-0 win over No. 4 Glen Burnie (2-5). ... No. 10 Severna Park (7-0) routed Meade (0-5), 14-1, as freshman second baseman Katie Purcell had four hits and two RBIs. ... Another freshman, Old Mill catcher Ali Montgomery, had a big day with a double and two RBIs in an 8-1 win over South River. ... Holly Eikenberg ran her and St. Mary's record to 4-1 with a 9-3 win over Bryn Mawr by pitching a six-hitter with eight strikeouts and getting three hits and three RBIs. ... Not known for its pitching, Annapolis (2-3) has a good pitcher in junior Whitney Lamb, who two-hit Southern (0-5) in a 12-1 romp on Friday. ... A five-run seventh highlighted by Amber Cunningham's bases-clearing double lifted Arundel (4-2) over Broadneck (3-4), 5-4. ... Erin Brady, the daughter of Annapolis basketball coach John Brady, bats third or fourth as a freshman left fielder for Mount de Sales in Catonsville.

Trivia question: Who are the four county residents who coach area varsity baseball and have a son on their respective teams?

Answer: Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery and son Zack live in Glen Burnie; Mount St. Joseph coach Dave Norton and son Joe, Pasadena; Cardinal Gibbons coach Lee Schwarzenberg and son Brendan, Glen Burnie, and Northeast coach Larry Williams and son Anthony, Pasadena.

All four sons are infielders.

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