No. 2 Sev. Park just slips past No. 1 Calvert Hall

Baseball

High Schools

March 23, 2004|By Pat OMalley

Second-ranked Severna Park and untested pitcher Harrison Taylor passed the season-opening test in upsetting No. 1 and host Calvert Hall, 9-8, yesterday on a brutally cold day.

Falcons coach Jim McCandless believed in Taylor, and the junior went from goat to hero as the winning pitcher in relief in the defending Class 3A state champions' opener.

Chris Crums' infield hit drove in Dean Samuel with the winning run in the top of the seventh after the Cardinals (1-2) had tied the game on a grand slam to center by Scott Krieger off Taylor in the last of the sixth.

"After he hit it, I was numb all over, couldn't feel my legs. I don't like stealing a win from another pitcher," said Taylor.

Said Crum: "We weren't going to lose no matter what. It was a huge game because they're ranked No. 1."

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