Arundel throws off Old Mill for 2-0 win

Feigl out-duels Koscielniak with help of four errors


High Schools

May 01, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Two unearned runs separated a pair of senior right-handed pitchers named Jeff yesterday in Millersville as visiting and No. 4 ranked Arundel nipped No. 5 Old Mill, 2-0, in a game played in a rapid 1 hour, 25 minutes.

Arundel's Jeff Feigl got the best of Old Mill's Jeff Koscielniak. Each pitched a two-hitter with very similar numbers, but the difference was the Wildcats taking advantage of Old Mill miscues to score single runs in the first and third innings, with Feigl driving in the second run.

Pitchers' duel is an understatement to describe the superb performance of the two. Two of the four errors by the Patriots led to the runs. Arundel was flawless defensively.

As a result, Arundel (15-1) stays tied for first in Anne Arundel County with No. 1 Chesapeake (14-1), each with one loss. Old Mill (11-4) now has two league losses.

The top two teams in regular-season play will play for the county championship on May 13 at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Feigl (6-1) and Koscielniak (4-2) only allowed one walk each and each threw 17 first-pitch strikes to the 23 (two over the minimum) and 27 batters each faced, respectively.

Throwing just 77 pitches, to Koscielniak's 88, Feigl also had the narrow edge in strikeouts (7-5), groundouts (9-8) and retired eight batters in succession at one point while his counterpart had a stretch of seven in a row.

"I helped myself out a little bit on a day we didn't do too much at the plate," said Feigl, who grounded a single up the middle in the third inning to score Dustin Mitchell, who had walked and gone to third on a throwing error.

A sacrifice fly by catcher Brian McCormick scored Joe Zimmerman with the initial Wildcats run in the first. Zimmerman moved to third on an error.

"We played great defense, and I got a lot of ground-ball outs," said Feigl, who gave up harmless singles to Shawn Summers in the second and seventh innings. Summers was erased on a shortstop Mitchell to first double play to end the game. "[Koscielniak] pitched really well. He threw strikes and we scored only two runs."

Koscielniak returned the compliment.

"[Feigl] pitched a heck of a game against me," the Patriots' ace said. "You can't win without scoring runs and we didn't make the big plays when we needed to.

"I expected a close, nail-biting game and pitchers' duel. It's a really tough race in the county, and it's the most fun I've had playing baseball."

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