Quayle's four-hitter leads Severna Park

Severna Park 7 Broadneck 1

High Schools



Two Anne Arundel County teams, each coming off its first loss of the season, met yesterday, and No. 4-ranked Severna Park got back on track with a 7-1 victory over nearby rival Broadneck, now struggling after winning its first four games.

Junior right-hander Britton Quayle was the main reason the Falcons were able to avoid a two-game losing streak and improve to 4-1 yesterday. The Bruins, who lost, 5-4, to No. 2 Arundel on Tuesday, slipped to 4-2.

Making his first start of the season, Quayle went the distance on 89 pitches, pitching a four-hitter with five strikeouts, two walks and one hit batter.

"Britton has an outstanding curveball and slider that set up his fastball," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless, whose Falcons were beaten, 7-3, on Monday at South River.

"I thought he was very effective doing that today. I think he has a chance to be very successful at the high school level."

Quayle was on the varsity last season as a sophomore, but a strained back muscle limited his pitching time.

"I was a reliever most of the time last year," said Quayle, who plays the outfield when he is not pitching.

"My fastball wasn't working that well today, so I took control of my deuce and slider. Broadneck is a big rivalry and I was probably more hyped up than I usually would be."

Quayle received a lot of support from his teammates, who had eight of their 10 hits and five runs off losing pitcher Ross O'Shea. The Falcons knocked O'Shea out in the fifth inning and reliever Zach Tribull gave up the last two hits and runs in the bottom of the sixth.

Shortstop and cleanup batter Sammy Sheckells had two hits, including a double, and four RBIs to pace the winners. Cory Jensen, Jimmy Thompson and Greg Zingler had two hits each as the first four Falcons in the lineup went 8-for-13 with five runs scored and five RBIs.

"We've faced a couple of good teams [the last two days] and in this instance we didn't hit the ball too well after getting 10 hits yesterday [against Arundel]," said Jeff Herrick, Broadneck's veteran football coach who is coaching his first varsity baseball team.

"We were a little flat today, but it's early in the year."


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