Wildcats squeeze out win

Arundel 2 Severna Park 1


High Schools


A rare, two-strike suicide-squeeze bunt by Ricky Sillaman with one out in the bottom of the seventh capped a two-run rally as host and No. 2 Arundel squeaked by No. 4 Severna Park, 2-1, in an Anne Arundel County baseball game yesterday.

"It was a heck of a play with two strikes, a gutsy call, and the kid executed perfectly," said coach Jim McCandless, whose Falcons had won five in a row over the Wildcats dating to 2003.

Severna Park pitcher Sammy Sheckells said he "wasn't expecting that [squeeze] and definitely would have thrown a different pitch, but that didn't even cross my mind."

The unlikely play made a winner of Joel Roberts (3-0) and kept the Wildcats unbeaten at 6-0.

Roberts and Sheckells were brilliant. Both senior right-handers were so sharp that there were no walks in the game and each gave up seven hits.

Severna Park (4-2) took a 1-0 lead in the sixth on catcher Greg Zingler's RBI double, and was denied a second run in the seventh when second baseman Sillaman made a diving stop up the middle to end the inning.

In the bottom of the seventh, the Wildcats, who saw a runner get thrown out at home for the final out of the fifth, got a leadoff single by Sean Pleffner. Pleffner scored to tie the game on pinch hitter Mike Behrle's double.

A wild pitch moved Behrle to third and on an 0-2 fastball, Behrle broke for home. Sillaman pushed the bunt between first and the mound for the win.


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