James M. Bennett roughs up Misal, Southern-AA in 5-1 win

Class 2A state baseball semifinals

High Schools

May 27, 2004|By Tommy Ventre | Tommy Ventre,SUN STAFF

Southern of Anne Arundel pitcher Ken Misal had just 14 hours to rest his arm before he took the mound again in yesterday's continuation of the Class 2A state baseball semifinal against James M. Bennett.

Given the way the Bennett hitters swung the bat in the fifth inning yesterday at Arundel High, it's possible no amount of rest would have sufficed.

After managing one base runner in three innings against Misal on Tuesday, the Clippers broke loose for five runs on four hits against him in the fifth inning of yesterday's rain-forced continuation, rolling to a 5-1 win over the Bulldogs and securing a spot in Saturday's state championship game against Liberty.

"J.M. Bennett [19-2] came out and hit the ball right away, and we didn't," said first-year Southern coach Manny Branco, who said he had no second thoughts about going back to Misal a day after he threw three innings. "We did our best, but we didn't hit the ball."

Misal, who threw about 35 pitches Tuesday, never got out of the fifth yesterday.

After a leadoff walk, Brandon Record crushed a 1-2 fastball to left field for a go-ahead, two-run homer, and Phil Benvenuto all but sealed the win five batters later with a three-run double.

The Bulldogs (14-8), after getting four hits and a run in three innings against Sean Adams on Tuesday, had just one hit against Gordon Kretser yesterday.

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