Severna Park's 5-run 9th beats No. 2 Old Mill, 11-6

Crum's three-run double caps No. 9 Falcons' win

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April 16, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It became increasingly obvious in the late innings yesterday that one run wasn't going to be enough to settle the Anne Arundel County baseball game between No. 9 Severna Park and No. 2 Old Mill.

So, in the top of the ninth inning, after host Old Mill had rallied to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh and eighth, Severna Park's Chris Crum drilled a bases-clearing double to center field to cap a five-run inning and give the Falcons an 11-6 victory.

"No lead is safe when we play Old Mill," said Crum, Severna Park's 2004 All-Metro third baseman. "They know for a fact that we can hit, and we know they can hit. It's a big rivalry, always a great game."

Severna Park got 12 of its 15 hits in the last three innings. Old Mill got six of its 12 in the same span.

It was the Falcons' eighth consecutive win, leaving them 8-2 overall and 6-0 in the county. The Patriots fell to 6-2, 3-2.

"Both teams kept battling back, " said Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery.

Old Mill took a 2-1 lead into the seventh inning with right-hander Jason Baumler breezing on a three-hitter.

Baumler started the inning by notching his 10th strikeout and getting a flyout before yielding his second walk of the game to David Sells. Crum doubled and Andrew Ferris singled in two runs to give the Falcons a 3-2 lead.

A single by Greg Zingler and a walk chased Baumler. Matt Long greeted reliever Alex Buchholz with a two-run single for a 5-2 Falcons lead.

In the bottom of the seventh, Old Mill scored three runs with two outs to tie it at 5-5.

Each team scored in the eighth, Severna Park on Ferris' third hit and Old Mill on a single by Baumler.

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