Old Mill defeats Chesapeake-AA behind Baumler's performance

Pitcher hands Cougars 2nd straight loss at home

Baseball

High Schools

April 28, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

No. 4 Chesapeake-AA faced back-to-back quality pitchers, and as a result, lost two straight games at home.

The Cougars lost, 5-3, to No. 6 Old Mill and senior right-hander Jason Baumler (5-0) yesterday. Tuesday, the Cougars lost, 4-1, to No. 5 Severna Park and the Falcons' senior ace, Chris Crum (4-0).

Severna Park (10-1, 12-3 overall) took over first place in the Anne Arundel County League with a 4-3 win over Annapolis yesterday. Chesapeake (9-1, 10-3) and Old Mill (9-1, 10-2) are tied for second.

Baumler doubled to right-center with one out in a 3-3 game in the seventh off Chesapeake's Jesse Wiggington (2-1), who went all the way and had earlier posted a 6-5 win over Old Mill. Alex Buchholz tripled to center to give the Patriots a 4-3 lead.

"It was a good hitter's count at 2-0, and fortunately he threw me a fastball," Buchholz said. "The win puts us right back into contending for the county championship."

After Derek Goughenour, who had doubled and homered, was given an intentional pass, Derek Harris' fielder's choice scored Buchholz to make it 5-3.

Chesapeake loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh on an error and two hit batters, but Baumler escaped the jam.

He had five strikeouts and one walk and allowed five hits.

"It's been two real tough losses for us," Cougars coach Jim Simms said. "We've been in position to win, but we've left a ton of people on base (seven), and it's uncharacteristic of this team. Usually we get that clutch hit, and the last two games we didn't, and a lot of it has to do with the pitchers we faced."

Baumler, who threw 99 pitches, had retired nine in a row, including the first out in the seventh before Chris Miller reached on an error. He sandwiched a strikeout between the two hit batters before getting Josh Ries, who hit his fourth homer earlier, to foul to third baseman John Brown.

One of the batters Baumler hit was Jake Shibilsky, who had just cranked his sixth homer of the season off Crum on Tuesday. Shibilsky was 0-for-3 and left three runners on base against Baumler.

`That was key to the win, Jason eliminating him (Shibilsky) because he's a big factor on their ballclub," Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery said.

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