Mount St. Joseph holds off Old Mill, 6-4

No. 3 Gaels escape jam in seventh, win their 10th

Baseball

High Schools

April 13, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Sophomore left-hander Kyle Timme came on with none out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh to save a 6-4 win for No. 3 Mount St. Joseph over No. 2 Old Mill in the Baseball Factory Invitational at Arundel High School yesterday.

The Mount St. Joseph victory was the highlight of a tournament shortened due to the poor weather the past few days.

In the only game played by the two teams, Mount St. Joseph, the first metro area team to win 10 games (10-1), took a 6-3 lead into the bottom of the seventh against Old Mill. Winning pitcher Steve Clevenger, who threw 123 pitches, was tiring.

Clevenger gave up a leadoff single to Matt Buchholz, the losing pitcher, and walked Mike Broccolino and Bernie Harvey to load the bases. Gaels coach Dave Norton replaced Clevenger, who gave up eight hits, walked five, hit a batter and struck out 11, with Timme.

Timme, who had only pitched one inning this season, got Nick Couzantino to ground into a force out at second with a run scoring. Timme then retired Alex Buchholz on a comebacker to the mound and struck out Shawn Summers swinging to end the game with the tying run on second base.

"We probably threw Steve too many pitches, and I couldn't have put the sophomore in a more difficult [spot] than I did, but he has a lot of talent," said Norton.

"I think he is going to be a superstar, and this is where you find out if he has it or not. He showed us he has it."

It was the longest Clevenger, normally the team's shortstop, had pitched this season, but the junior was up to it.

"I knew I could keep them down," said Clevenger. "It was a great win, because it showed our competitiveness. I trusted Kyle to finish it."

Timme said he wasn't nervous and warmed up well.

"I wasn't nervous because we had a nice lead, but he [Norton] couldn't have put me in a more nerve-racking situation," said Timme.

Mount St. Joseph jumped on Matt Buchholz for three first-inning runs. Jeff Poff, who was 3-for-4 with a single, double and triple, led off with his triple and was singled home by Justin Drenner.

Robbie Burns singled in the last two runs in the first for the 3-0 lead, but Old Mill catcher Bernie Harvey hit his fourth homer of the season over the left-field fence with two runners aboard to tie it at 3 in the bottom of the first.

The Gaels added single runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings to build the 6-3 lead, while Old Mill left nine on base.

Originally the tournament was to be a two-day event, with each of eight teams playing three games. Two clubs from West Virginia decided not to make the trip to Anne Arundel County, and tournament director Jeff Brazier had to juggle the schedule several times.

Steinert (N.J.) ended up playing three games when St. Paul's, Old Mill and Mount St. Joseph were unable to play Arundel in the final game last night.

In other games: David Beach and Ray Brown homered to lead No. 6 St. Paul's (7-4) to a 9-6 victory over Shenendehowa, from Clifton Park, N.Y.

Chris Henard paced host No. 15 Arundel (5-1) with three hits and three RBIs and Joe Frykman picked up the win in a 10-3 decision over Steinert.

Steinert came back to win its second game against Arundel (5-2), 8-6. Travis Chamberlain had a no-hitter and a 6-0 lead through five innings for Arundel before being taken out in a five-run sixth by Steinert.

Coach Bernie Walter felt Chamberlain had thrown enough pitches and Steinert took advantage of two relief pitchers.

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