No. 9 Severna Park tops Arundel, 8-3, for sixth win in row


High Schools

April 12, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Severna Park has found consistency, but Arundel is still searching for it.

No. 13 Arundel dug an early hole and eventually lost to host and No. 9 Severna Park, 8-3, yesterday in Anne Arundel County baseball.

It was the Falcons' sixth consecutive win after starting the season at 0-2. A pair of four-run innings helped the Falcons stay unbeaten (4-0) in the county league. Arundel is 2-2 and 1-2.

Seniors Chris Crum and Andrew Ferris had two hits each for the Falcons. Ferris tripled in two runs and Crum doubled and singled in a run to highlight a 10-hit attack that gave Harrison Taylor the win.

Taylor (3-0) worked 5 1/3 innings giving up six hits, three runs, walking three and striking out three. Sophomore Britton Quayle went the rest of the way, holding the Wildcats scoreless.

"We're swinging the bat better compared to what we did in the first couple games," Falcons coach Jim McCandless said.

"Top to bottom we're getting a little bit more consistent offensively. That's going to make us a lot tougher ballclub to beat."

A four-run fourth got the Falcons going. Had it not been for Arundel starter Tyler Hibbs picking two runners off at second, it would have been an even bigger inning. Freshman Ryan Joy had a two-run single in the rally.

Two innings later, the Falcons added four more runs, with Crum and Ferris knocking in three.

"We're getting better with every game," said Ferris, who hopes to be a walk-on at West Virginia next year.

"Yes, the hitting is getting contagious. I like how we are playing now that the competition is stepping up."

Arundel leadoff hitter Corey Overholzer had a double and singled in a run, as did Nick Palmer and Hibbs. But the Wildcats left at least one runner on base every inning and had a total of nine left on base and committed three errors.

"We're inconsistent and giving teams an awful lot of runs, and it's hard to make them up," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter.

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