Feigl shows growth, pitching Arundel past Broadneck, 5-1

Baseball

March 25, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Bernie Walter, Arundel's veteran baseball coach, says that a couple of years ago Jeff Feigl was so skinny you could have "put him on a charm bracelet."

Not now. He would break your arm.

No. 14 Broadneck got a look at the new Feigl yesterday in a 5-1 loss to the Wildcats at Arundel.

It was the season opener for Arundel, and Fiegl showed splendid command of three pitches -- fastball, curve and changeup -- in limiting the Bruins (1-1) to six hits.

"I put on about 20 pounds and grew an inch by eating good and lifting weights," said Feigl, who grew nearly two inches to 6 feet 3 and now weighs 160 pounds.

"I worked out really, really hard."

Throwing just 79 pitches against the first-ball-hitting Bruins, Feigl struck out four, hit a batter and walked only one.

"We're really proud of how hard Jeff has worked," said Walter, who is beginning his 31st season at Arundel.

"Now, he's very strong and very athletic."

Arundel spotted Feigl a 2-0 lead after three innings against Broadneck senior left-hander Mike Williams, who pitched well in defeat. Williams gave up six hits, struck out four and walked one in five innings.

An RBI single by Dusty Mitchell followed a double by Brad Pendock in the second and Skylar Delph's sacrifice fly in the third.

Broadneck scored its only run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by catcher Nick Espinosa. From the fifth on, Feigl threw more changeups and curves and had to make only 25 pitches over the last three innings.

The Bruins kept hacking away at Feigl's first offering. Seven of the last nine outs (two in the last inning) came on first-pitch swings and they accounted for 11 total outs.

Arundel put the game away with three runs in the bottom of the sixth off Bruins reliever Bryan Hoffman. Joe Zimmerman's run-scoring double highlighted the inning.

"It's the beginning of the season and I think we can fix some of the mistakes we made, "said Broadneck coach Gary Gubbings, who moved from Southern-AA this year.

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