Chesapeake's 7-run 4th tops Severna Park, 8-3

Shibilsky's pitching helps No. 1 Cougars rise to 13-0

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April 28, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A seven-run fourth inning coupled with the six-hit pitching of junior left-hander Jake Shibilsky led top-ranked and unbeaten Chesapeake to an 8-3 victory at No. 6 Severna Park yesterday.

There were no extra-base hits at Severna Park's homer-friendly field, but third baseman Cameron Loeschke had three singles to drive in three runs for the victors. A two-run single by Loeschke capped the decisive fourth inning.

The Cougars ran their record to 13-0 as Shibilsky improved his to 6-0. He walked four and struck out 10.

" Everybody is pumped for us because we're No. 1," said Shibilsky.

Severna Park took a 1-0 lead in its first at-bat on Jeff Wollentin's RBI single.

Andrew Bremer, also a junior left-hander, was sharp through the first three innings for the Falcons (9-5), holding the Cougars scoreless on one hit.

"He was cruising along with a low pitch-count and all of a sudden he just lost it," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless.

"He lost his control, lost his composure and didn't get over to cover first fast enough and things just avalanched on us."

Bremer, who threw just 34 pitches through the first three innings, threw 32 in the crucial fourth. The Cougars scored seven runs on four hits, two of them infield hits, and three walks by Bremer (3-1).

The first walk was an intentional pass to catcher Josh Ries to load the bases with one out and a run in. Despite a left-hander vs. left-hander matchup, Chesapeake coach Jim Simms sent Chris Smith up to pinch hit and he drew a walk to make it 2-1.

Bremer also walked No. 9 hitter Brandon Fleig to make it 3-1, an error pushed across another run and Bremer balked in the fifth before giving up the two-run single to Loeschke. Suddenly, it was 7-1.

"It's very hard to come back against us when we get a big lead like that because of our pitching," said Loeschke.

Severna Park nearly got back into the game in the bottom of the fourth. Giving up two runs with one out, Shibilsky got the next two batters, stranding two runners. It also left the dangerous Chris Crum, who has three homers this spring and had two singles yesterday, on deck.

"He's a bulldog. He battles out there," Simms said of Shibilsky.

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