Overholtzer sparks Wildcats to crown

Arundel 4 Chesapeake 0


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Battling a badly sprained knee, left-handed hitting Corey Overholtzer slapped a two-run single into left field in a four-run fifth inning that carried No. 2 Arundel to a 4-0 victory over No. 7 Chesapeake in the Anne Arundel County baseball championship game at Joe Cannon Stadium last night.

Overholtzer, who has been playing for over a week by taking pain pills to ease the pain in his left knee, also made two nice catches in right field.

"It's not a torn meniscus as the doctor first thought, but a severe sprain that feels absolutely awful," said Overholtzer, who missed the postseason last year with a groin injury. "The doctor told me if I keep playing [this season], it could take up to 12 weeks to heal in the summer. I'm just going to keep playing. It was special to be out here tonight and win the county."

It was a county-record fifth title for the Wildcats (18-3) - their first since 2001 - since the championship game began in 1996.

Sean Pleffner, who was pitching only his second game of the season because of early-season arm problems, went the distance, giving up four hits, striking out four and walking none.

Pleffner's counterpart, Cougars senior left-hander Rob Brisentine, took a no-hitter into the sixth.

After Jack Bickford reached on an error by the Cougars (16-5), Brisentine, who finished with a two-hitter, yielded his third walk, to Dave Phillips. Ricky Sillaman followed with a perfectly placed bunt between third and the mound to load the bases.

Overholtzer then grounded a single through the left side to score two, and the Wildcats added two more runs on a fielder's choice and an error.


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