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April 16, 2008|By Pat O'Malley

Arundel baseball seems to be on a roll

After a 1-4 start, the Arundel baseball team has won five straight and leads the Anne Arundel County league.

The No. 9 Wildcats (6-4) are 5-1 in the county, a half-game up on No. 6 Chesapeake (6-2, 4-1). Five other county teams are 4-2: No. 8 South River (8-2), No. 10 Northeast (7-2), No. 13 North County (7-2), No. 12 Severna Park (6-3) and unranked Old Mill (6-3).

Arundel's winning streak started on April 2 with a 13-4 romp over Old Mill after a 5-1 loss to Chesapeake. Last week, the Wildcats went 4-0, defeating Meade, 12-3; Glen Burnie, 4-3; North County, 12-2 in five innings and Northeast, 3-2.

Arundel, which has won a state-record 10 state titles under coach Bernie Walter, has been getting solid pitching and defense and timely hitting. Four different pitchers got a win last week for Arundel: Connor Hibbs, Steve Jenkins, Tico Mendoza and Brooks Miller.

That pitching depth will be an asset when Arundel makes a run at county, regional and state titles.

Jenkins, Mendoza, Miller and Nick Elko have all been swinging the bat well for the Wildcats.

South River baseball -- Coach Ken B. Dunn said he believes he has "the best team" he has had in 31 years in Edgewater. "We've decided this is a marathon and not a sprint," said Dunn, who led the Hawks to a state final in 1983. "They have really done a good job in the sprint department, but we've got to make this marathon." Dunn is pleased with his pitching, especially junior Eric Aumann, who three-hit then-No. 9 Northeast for a 3-1 win last week and is off to a 4-0 start. "Eric has been outstanding with an ERA around 1.00 pitching big games for us," Dunn said. "Northeast is a pretty darned good ball club, and he stifled their bats."

Archbishop Spalding boys lacrosse -- The Cavaliers pulled off a major upset by routing then-No. 5 Boys' Latin, 14-6, Friday. Senior midfielder Zach May tallied five goals and Matt Burke chipped in three. The Cavaliers of coach Zach Burke went to 5-3 overall with one of the program's biggest wins.

Quick hits -- The No. 4 St. Mary's boys lacrosse team went to 11-4 Friday with an 18-8 rout of then-No. 12 Mount St. Joseph. Senior attackmen Matt Lamon and Matt Bell continue to lead the charge of a team that was 9-8 a year ago. ... Sarah Castille pitched a three-hitter as the unranked Severna Park softball team upset then-No. 14 North County, 13-3, in six innings Friday. Missy Weiss had a double and three RBIs for the Falcons. ... Jill Allen pitched South River (1-9) to its first win in softball this season, 8-2 over Meade Friday. Allen had a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts. ... Severna Park's track and field team finished third at the Pikesville Invite last week, as Austin Lewis and Terrance Major led the way. Lewis was the runner-up in the 100 dash and fourth in the 200, while Major was third in the 100 and 200. The duo was also part of the third-place 800 relay team.

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