Chesapeake-AA wins pitchers' showdown, 3-0

Baseball

High Schools

April 22, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Junior left-handers pitched matching three-hitters in an Anne Arundel County game yesterday, but top-ranked Chesapeake came out on top of visiting Broadneck, 3-0.

Jake Shibilsky ran his record to 5-0 in besting Broadneck's Bryan Hoffman as the 11-0 Cougars showed why they are No. 1.

Both pitchers were outstanding, with the difference being Chesapeake's flawless play in the field and timely hitting.

Shibilsky struck out nine and threw first-strike pitches to 19 of the 25 batters he faced and 90 pitches in all. He did not walk a batter until the last inning, when he walked the first two, but retired the next three hitters to end it.

"I didn't need strikeouts today because our guys were doing great things in the field out there and Josh [Ries] caught a great game," Shibilsky said.

"When somebody is pitching against you as well as he [Hoffman] was, it gets you pumped up."

Hoffman, who struck out 12 and walked two on 97 pitches, hit Ries with a pitch after getting the first batter. A wild pitch moved courtesy runner Eric Bellarin to second, and Bellarin scored on Brandon Fleig's single to right with two outs.

Mike Ewing led off the fourth for the Bruins (8-3) with the first hit off Shibilsky, a single to center. Dan Rosenblum then sent a drive to deep center on which Fleig made a diving, over-the-shoulder catch to keep Ewing at first.

"I got a great jump on it, and every little thing in a close game like this is important," Fleig said. "You have to go all out, and that's what I did. I was really fired up for this game against a good team."

A couple of pitches later, Ewing was thrown out by Ries on an attempted steal of second base.

Chesapeake came to bat in the bottom of the fourth, and Steve Philipp -- who made a superb play in the hole at shortstop -- and Cameron Loeschke started it off with back-to-back singles. The Broadneck center fielder overthrew the cutoff man on Loeschke's hit, allowing the runners to move to second and third.

"We each had three hits, but they took advantage of our big miscue in the field, missing the cutoff," said Bruins coach Gary Gubbings. "Hitting the cutoff, isn't that important?"

A passed ball on a strikeout (batter reached) scored Philipp, and a grounder by Chris Majerowicz, instead of being the third out, resulted in the third run.

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