Eight-run 4th lifts Severna Park, 13-5

Crum gets 2 hits in inning in romp over Old Mill

Baseball

April 24, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

An eight-run fourth inning featuring two hits by sophomore Chris Crum, one of them a three-run homer, propelled host Severna Park to a 13-5 romp over Old Mill in Anne Arundel County baseball yesterday.

The top-ranked Falcons (11-1) took over first place in the league at 8-1 over the No. 3 Patriots (8-3, 8-2) as Crum, the designated hitter, pulled off the baseball rarity of two hits in one inning.

Crum started the big inning with a single to right and scored on catcher Mike Zimmerman's base hit to right. Crum then capped the scoring with his third homer of the season with two Falcons aboard off reliever Matt Buchholz.

"I've learned not to try and jack it out all the time and be an all-around hitter," said Crum, one of four sophomores in the Falcons' starting lineup yesterday. "Right now, I'm just working on hitting line drives."

Senior first baseman Alex Vitale, who was 3-for-3 with a double and triple, knocked in his second of three runs to chase Old Mill starter and loser Sean Brannon (3-1) in the fourth.

Buchholz came on to pitch to Matt Wyble with the bases loaded after the Vitale RBI. After striking out Wyble, who had given the Falcons a 2-0 first-inning lead on a single and had three RBIs overall, Buchholz gave up a two-run single to Greg Drenning.

Crum's homer followed to give winning pitcher Tom Howell (3-0) a 12-1 cushion. Howell gave up only a second-inning homer (his fourth) to Old Mill catcher and cleanup man Bernie Harvey and a single to Mike Broccolino through the first four innings.

Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery said the decisive fourth inning was "very uncharacteristic" of his ball club and that Brannon may have thrown one too many fast balls.

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 11, Riverdale Baptist 1: Jeff Poff's grand slam highlighted a 10-run fifth inning, and Mount St. Joseph went on to win the Frederick Tournament over Riverdale Baptist, Washington's No. 1 team.

Brian Bent (4-0) went all the way for the Gaels (17-2), who won it in six innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule over the Crusaders (23-4), who are ranked No. 3 in the East Region of USA Today .

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