Arundel romps in baseball, 11-1

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Spring Sports

May 04, 2006|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The anticipated baseball showdown between No. 7 Chesapeake and visiting No. 4 Arundel was no contest yesterday, as the Wildcats rolled to an 11-1 victory in five innings.

Arundel clinched a berth in the Anne Arundel County championship game on May 11 and at least a share of the regular-season title.

Arundel (15-3) improved to 13-1 in the county with two games left, including a visit to No. 8 Severna Park (14-3), which outlasted Meade, 5-2, in eight innings yesterday to stay tied with Chesapeake (14-4) for second place at 11-3 each.

The latter two will vie for the other berth in the county final.

Chesapeake has to win its last two games and needs Severna Park to lose to get into the final because if they tie, Severna Park would qualify by virtue of its 8-7 win over the Cougars.

Sophomore right-hander Tyler Hibbs (9-1) won his area-leading ninth game on a four-hitter, and the first four batters in the Arundel lineup went 8-for-12.

Leadoff batter Jack Bickford was 3-for-4 to set the table for the top four, who scored nine runs, had seven RBIs, four doubles and a towering, three-run homer by cleanup man Sean Pleffner (five RBIs).

The Wildcats rocked Cougars pitchers Jesse Wiggington (1-2) and Chris Moore and took advantage of three errors by the home team.

"That wasn't our team out there. ... It was absolutely our worst game of the year," said Chesapeake coach Jim Simms, whose Cougars had given up more than four runs in a game only one other time.

Pat O'Malley

Softball

No. 9 Dulaney 4, Perry Hall 1 -- A three-run rally with two outs in the fourth inning was more than enough for the visiting Lions (12-2) as senior pitcher Sarah Moelter allowed three hits to beat the Gators (13-3) in Baltimore County play. Kristen Dunham and Michelle Barwick provided run-scoring singles in the pivotal inning. "They had me a little concerned at the start because it looked like they came out tense. But they brought themselves out of it and didn't give up with two outs in the [fourth] inning," Dulaney coach Lori Ryan said.

Glenn Graham

No. 1 Chesapeake-AA 2, Arundel 1 -- Darah Lamarsh scored on a wild pitch in the third inning for the eventual winning run as the Cougars (17-1) held on for the victory over the visiting Wildcats (12-6). Joanna Allen pitched six innings, allowing one run on five hits with three strikeouts. Lauren Gibson struck out the side in the seventh to get the save.

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