Hibbs' arm, bat lead way

Arundel wins county again

No. 2 Arundel 3 No. 15 Northeast 1

Baseball

May 11, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Junior Tyler Hibbs pitched and batted No. 2 Arundel to a 3-1 win over No. 15 Northeast last night at Joe Cannon Stadium as the Wildcats repeated as Anne Arundel County baseball champions.

Hibbs threw a four-hitter and drove in all three runs with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a two-run homer in the third off John Hodges.

Hodges (6-3) pitched well in defeat and was the benefactor of several defensive gems by the Eagles (12-7).

Hibbs gave up three hits in the first two innings, with Josh Rowe's single in the second scoring the only Northeast run.

"I got my touch toward the end of the game," said Hibbs, who retired the last nine batters he faced, striking out the last five. In striking out the side in the seventh, he threw nine pitches.

"I never get nervous out there and keep trying to work on my pitches," he said

It was the sixth title for the Wildcats (17-4) in the 12-year history of the championship game and the 18th overall in coach Bernie Walter's 34 seasons at Arundel, giving the school a total of 19. Arundel finished its county schedule with an unprecedented 17-0 record, 16-0 in the regular season.

Hibbs, The Sun's All-Metro Player of the Year last spring as a sophomore after leading the Wildcats to a Maryland-record 10th state title, continued to rewrite the school's record book.

In striking out 11 and walking one on 84 pitches, he ran his season record to 6-2 and his career mark to 24-7. The 24 wins tied him with Kurt Light (24-4, 1994-97) for second on the Wildcats' all-time list behind only Neal Herrick (27-4, 1975-77).

Hibbs, who is bating .600, was 2-for-2 at the plate last night to give him a school season record for hits (51).

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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