Old Mill repeats by beating top-ranked Chesapeake, 8-4

Pats' 4th county title gives Montgomery 400th win

Anne Arundel County baseball championship

High Schools

May 14, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Old Mill took advantage of an uncharacteristic eight errors by No. 1 Chesapeake to score seven runs in the last two innings and repeat as Anne Arundel County baseball champion with an 8-4 victory at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans last night.

The victory was the 400th of Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery's career, making him the third public school coach in Maryland to reach that level and eighth statewide, counting private schools.

The win also gave Old Mill the school's fourth county title, tying it with Arundel for most wins in the championship playoff that began in 1996.

Catcher Mike Broccolino, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, knocked in a pair with a single to center in the top of the seventh to give the No. 2 Patriots (17-4) a 7-4 lead and some breathing room.

Jeff Koscielniak came on in the fourth for Alex Buchholz with two on and none out, got three straight outs and closed out the game for the win on four innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball.

"Four-hundred wins on [a] night like this makes everything perfect," said Koscielniak.

The Patriots beat previously unbeaten pitcher Jake Shibilsky (7-1), who appeared on his way to victory with a two-hitter on 46 pitches until the sixth inning, when Old Mill took advantage of two balks and went ahead 5-4.

"We were down against an undefeated pitcher, and to finally get to him in the sixth inning was so great and a total team effort," said Broccolino. "He had his stuff tonight ... . We kept stepping out of the box to slow him down and throw off his rhythm."

Chesapeake (17-3) committed five of its errors in the last two innings, allowing Old Mill to overcome a 4-1 deficit. Four errors came in a three-run seventh after Old Mill had taken the lead in the sixth.

"Our club doesn't give up," said Montgomery. "We can hit. They were determined to get to a pretty good pitcher who beat us the first time we saw him [early] and struck out 13. We're a better hitting team now than we were then."

Shibilsky gave up singles to Greg Phelps and Buchholz before balking twice, the second one scoring Phelps. The balks seemed to unravel Shibilsky, who after getting a strikeout, walked two batters before being lifted by coach Jim Simms.

"I have no idea what happened tonight," said Simms, who was ejected in the seventh after arguing a call that loaded the bases. "I can't tell you the last time we committed two errors in a game. No excuses - Old Mill just beat us. They did what they had to do to win, and mentally, we weren't there. I think Jake lost his composure for the first time this year, and we lost our composure."

Tim Merritt came on and walked in a run with the bases loaded to make it 4-3, and an error and Chris Moran's fielder's choice gave the Patriots a 5-4 lead.

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