Old Mill's 10-run first does in host Arundel

Patriots roll to 12-1 win, take second in county

Buchholz strikes out six

Baseball

High Schools

April 30, 2005|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

It was over in the first inning at Arundel High in Gambrills yesterday as No. 6 Old Mill struck for 10 runs on the way to humbling the No. 12 Wildcats, 12-1, in five innings.

Arundel starter Jeremy Moreland, a junior left-hander, paid dearly for control problems as the Patriots rang up the 10 runs on just four hits but also four walks.

The Patriots' Alex Buchholz didn't allow the Wildcats to get back into the game, holding them to three singles and an unearned run.

Old Mill (12-2 overall) took over second place in the Anne Arundel County League at 10-2, behind No. 5 Severna Park (12-3, 10-1). No. 4 Chesapeake (12-4, 9-3) was upset by Annapolis, 7-5, to fall to third place. Arundel is now 9-4 and 8-4.

The top two teams after the 16-game schedule will play for the county championship May 12 at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Derek Goughenour capped yesterday's big first inning with a two-out, bases-clearing double to right off reliever John Murril. Matt Housley's second double of the game scored two more Patriots in the fourth and gave the first baseman three RBIs on the day.

Buchholz (4-2) struck out six, walked one and started two 1-6-3 double plays before giving up the lone run with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

"Our main focus was to hit the baseball, and we came right out of the gates," said Buchholz, who is headed to Delaware as a middle infielder. "This has been a big week with the win over Chesapeake [5-3 on Wednesday], and we need to win out to make sure and clinch a berth in the county champ."

The loss was Arundel's second in three games this week as the Wildcats, who start two sophomores and a freshman among five underclassmen, struggle with inexperience.

"We play in spurts - really good spurts and really bad spurts - so you never really know what you're going to see," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter. "In all four losses, we've had one really bad inning."

Arundel also lost junior Corey Overholtzer, its center fielder and leadoff batter, for the season on Thursday night, when an inside pitch during bunting practice struck him in the groin area, requiring surgery.

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