Pleffner shuts down Bruins as Arundel cruises to win

No. 6 Arundel 16 Broadneck 1

Baseball

March 31, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Broadneck took an unbeaten record into Gambrills yesterday to play No. 6 Arundel in baseball. The Bruins left humbled after the host Wildcats dealt them a 16-1 defeat in five innings.

Arundel senior Shawn Pleffner overpowered the Bruins in his first start, and the Broadneck pitchers walked 10, including six in an 11-run third inning. Eight of the 10 batters who walked went on to score.

Pleffner also had three hits and four RBIs, and shortstop Tyler Hibbs had three hits and three RBIs.

The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Pleffner, who this week committed to Tallahassee Community College in Florida, took a no-hitter into the fifth inning of the mercy-rule-shortened game.

James Jennings singled with one out to spoil Pleffner's no-hit bid. Mike Hall, the next batter, also singled, and Jake Small's sacrifice fly thwarted Pleffner's shutout.

The Wildcats improved to 3-1, and the Bruins fell to 3-1.

Pleffner, a right-hander who was a second-team All-Metro first baseman last season and is expected to be a two-way player at Tallahassee, struck out 13 and walked five.

Loading the bases in the first, Pleffner struck out the last two batters to start a string of eight consecutive strikeouts.

"Sometimes I was short-arming the ball and other times my elbow was hitting my glove," Pleffner said of his control problems. "I was just throwing a fastball and curveball, only one changeup. I didn't think they would hit the ball."

Arundel coach Bernie Walter was pleased overall and said afterward: "Pleffner was outstanding, and I thought we hit the ball very well. Their pitchers made it easy by walking a lot of guys."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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