Northeast win right on time

Eagles secure berth in Anne Arundel final

Northeast 2 Severna Park 1

Baseball

May 08, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN REPORTER

Northeast's John Hodges took his top right hand off his bat for a split-second to ask for time with a 3-2 count and a runner on second base, but it was too late. Severna Park's Seth Bova was already into his motion.

"Yes, I put my hand up for time, and when I realized it was too late, I got my hand back on and hit a hanging curveball the other way," said Hodges, who doubled to center to tie the game in the bottom of the fifth.

Josh Rowe's fielder's choice later scored Hodges and the host Eagles (12-6) went on to a 2-1 victory over the Falcons (7-12) last night to clinch their first berth in the Anne Arundel County championship game since 2001.

Hodges (6-2) pitched six innings of six-hit ball for the win and technically got a save when he left after five innings and returned to pitch the seventh.

Northeast will play No. 2 Arundel (16-4), which went 16-0 in the league, including a 7-0 triumph over Northeast, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

The Eagles tied No. 14 North County (15-4) for second place, with each club going 12-4 in league play, but Northeast went 2-0 against the Knights in the regular season, winning 2-1 and 3-2 to take the head-to-head tiebreaker.

In winning their fifth straight last night, the Eagles only had two hits off Falcons starter and loser Bova and reliever Britton Quayle. Bova shut out the Eagles through four innings on only 34 pitches, but threw 31 in the fifth, with Earl Geoghegan drawing a walk to start it.

Geoghegan scored on Hodges' double during the two-run inning. The Falcons had scored in the third on a double by Mike Boushell and Cory Jensen's RBI single, but they would leave 10 men on base.

Severna Park left the bases loaded in the fourth and sixth innings. In the sixth, Dave Turner jumped off third reacting to the sound of Boushell's line drive to left. Brody Kean made a running catch as the ball sliced toward the line and Turner had no chance to get back and tag.

Chris Henry pitched the sixth for the Eagles and escaped the bases-loaded jam. Hodges came back to get the Falcons in order in the seventh for the save.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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