Old Mill deals first loss to No. 1 Chesapeake, 6-5

Moran is rally catalyst

Buchholz gets victory, knocks in winning run

Baseball

April 29, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Chris Moran, Old Mill's No. 9 batter, started two crucial rallies without a hit and Alex Buchholz pitched and batted the host Patriots to a 6-5 victory over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Chesapeake of Anne Arundel yesterday in Millersville.

Buchholz, a junior right-hander, got the win and the game-winning RBI.

Moran's leadoff walk in the bottom of the fifth led to two runs as the No. 5 Patriots (11-3) tied the score at 5. Buchholz doubled in a run and Shawn Summers, who hit a three-run homer off losing pitcher Tommy Schlein (5-1) in the first, lofted a fly ball to deep center to tie it up.

Then, leading off the seventh after Chesapeake (13-1) had failed to score despite getting the first two batters on in the top of the inning, Moran struck out. But the pitch went into the dirt and eluded catcher Josh Ries, allowing Moran to advance.

In a close play at first, Moran barely beat Ries' throw. Rather than calling for a sacrifice bunt, Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery let leadoff man Tim McMullen swing away.

McMullen drilled a double into right-center with Moran stopping at third.

"We can hit the ball and don't like to give up outs," Montgomery said. "You get the first runner on and 90 percent of the time he's going to score."

Chesapeake coach Jim Simms ordered an intentional walk to Greg Phelps to load the bases and set up a double play.

Buchholz ruined the plans by lining a shot into shallow right, as Tim Buck just missed making a shoestring catch. When the ball dribbled away from Buck, Moran dashed home to end it.

"Fortunately they walked Greg to give me the opportunity to go up there and prove myself," said Buchholz (2-0), who went the distance on an eight-hitter with nine strikeouts and no walks on 99 pitches.

"Chesapeake is the team to beat and we got 'em today."

The result avenged defending Class 4A champion Old Mill's 4-2 loss at Chesapeake on March 31 and created a three-way tie for first in the loss column in Anne Arundel County.

Chesapeake, Old Mill (11-3) and No. 4 Arundel (14-1) each have one loss. Old Mill visits Arundel at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

"I told the kids, I didn't expect to go undefeated in this league. Going undefeated in Anne Arundel County is next to impossible," Simms said.

"If you're going to lose, I'd rather lose this time of the year [and not in the playoffs]."

Chesapeake started with a pair of first-inning runs on a wild pitch and sacrifice fly by Schlein. Old Mill answered with Summers' three-run shot.

The Cougars regained the lead by 4-3 in the third on Jake Shiblsky's fourth homer and an error. Chesapeake went up 5-3 in the fourth on Cameron Loeschke's second double.

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