Hot-hitting Severna Park stops Arundel cold, 9-4

No. 4 Falcons' 12-hit attack backs Crum's four-hitter

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April 06, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

So far this spring, Severna Park's bats have been the hottest when they've been chilled.

The Falcons' 12-hit attack more than supported the four- hit pitching of Chris Crum in a 9-4 victory at Arundel on a cold, windy day yesterday.

Since taking their season opener by 9-8 at Calvert Hall - on another cold day - the Falcons (4-1) had been hitting .200 with men in scoring position. Leaving a host of runners on base, they were upset, 7-5, last week at Southern of Anne Arundel and fell from the No. 1 ranking to No. 4.

"We had a couple more timely hits today that we hadn't had in recent games," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless.

"We still left a lot of guys on base [nine] and had too many strikeouts [13]. But we didn't sit on our lead like we did in our first couple games, and we scored in just about every inning."

Striking out eight, four looking, Crum walked three and went the distance on 112 pitches for his first win of the season against no losses. The junior right-hander retired the last seven batters.

The wind was blowing out at Arundel, and Crum and the Falcons took advantage of it. Crum hit a wind-induced homer in the first inning before walking the next three times, twice intentionally.

Andrew Ferris had two hits, including a homer, and Dean Samuels had a wind-blown two-run triple as the Falcons staked Crum to an 8-2 lead.

Crum, who started the season opener but did not get a decision, did a good job keeping the ball down and the No. 14 Wildcats (3-1) off balance with a nasty breaking pitch.

"I'm not a cold-weather pitcher," Crum said. "If I had my choice, I would definitely want to pitch in warm weather. My breaking pitch [curve] was really on today. I thought I had good control and wasn't afraid to throw it. And I thought my fastball had good movement."

Jeff Feigl, the Arundel starter, seemed to have good stuff, but was chased in the fourth inning. Feigl struck out eight in 3 1/3 innings, but gave up nine hits and seven runs.

"He struck out a lot of guys but we played very poorly behind him," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter, whose team committed three errors, all resulting in runs.

"If we make the plays, then we're in the ballgame. ... I don't like our team's attitude and competitive lack of character as a team right now."

Bright spots for Arundel included an RBI triple into a gust by Skyler Delph and a two-run homer by Brian Hobbs in the fifth inning.

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