Old Mill repeats as champion by defeating 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 to repeat as Anne Arundel County baseball champion with an 8-4 victory at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans last night.

It was the Patriots" fourth county title, tying Arundel since the championship game began in 1996, and it was the 400th career win for coach Mel Montgomery, making him the eighth coach in state history and the third public school coach to reach the plateau.

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 the night like this makes everything perfect." said Koscielniak.

The Patriots beat a previously unbeaten pitcher in Jake Shibilsky (7-1), who appeared on his way to victory until the sixth when the victors 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. I felt good in the box and he struck me out the first time, but I knew I had to go with a different plan and put the bat on the ball and not try to kill it. 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 to enable the Patriots to overcome a 4-1 deficit. Four errors came in a three-run seventh after Old Mill had taken the lead in the sixth at 5-4, chasing Cougars junior left-hander Jake Shibilsky, who rolled through the first five innings on a two-hitter and only 46 pitches.

"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 then 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 strikeout call by the plate umpire 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."

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