No. 2 Severna Park routs No. 9 Chesapeake-AA, 17-5

Terps-bound catcher goes 4-for-5, also steadies pitching staff

April 08, 2010|By Todd Karpovich | Special to The Baltimore Sun

Severna Park catcher Alex Ramsay is not only a steadying force for the second-ranked Falcons' pitching staff, he is also one of the team's most dangerous hitters.

In Wednesday's 17-5 victory over league rival and No. 9 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel, Ramsay was 4-for-5 with six RBIs, including a 300-foot home run over the right-field fence. As visiting Severna Park struggled with walks early in the game, Ramsay calmed the pitching staff, which responded by allowing only two hits in the game.

"I do the same thing every game. I go out there to calm them down, tell them to take a deep breath, and kind of start over. It's pretty much all you can do," said Ramsay, who has committed to Maryland. "Pitchers can have a bad day every once in a while. It's kind of how baseball goes."

A two-run double by Ramsay in the fourth inning helped Severna Park (4-2) take a 5-0 lead against Chesapeake ace Jason Seitler, who was watched by several professional scouts. However, the Falcons' pitchers struggled with their control in the bottom half of the inning, and Chesapeake (3-3) cut the margin to 5-4 with the help of five consecutive walks and an error.

"The walks are disconcerting," said Severna Park assistant coach Jeff Karr; Karr filled in for head coach Jim McCandless, who was out for personal reasons. "We knew we had a pretty good hitting team. Seitler is a good pitcher and one of the best we faced. We've been taking some lumps lately and not scoring a lot of runs, so that was very encouraging."

Severna Park took over the game with two runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to increase the lead to 9-4. Trevor Freeman, Brandon Cavil, Peter Kaputsos and Ramsay each had an RBI in the stretch. The Falcons then scored eight in the seventh inning, including the three-run home run by Ramsay.

"That was my first one, so it was good to get it off my back," Ramsay said.

Chesapeake managed to score again in the bottom half of that inning on a fielder's choice. Coach Jim Simms said the Cougars have to find a way to generate more offense.

"We just didn't hit," Simms said. "It's kind of obvious we have a lot of work to do. Today, they were definitely a better team than us." SP 300 222 8 - 17 8 1C 000 400 1 - 5 2 2 Willey, Lindsay (4), Health (7) and Ramsay; Seitler, Bram (7) and Kroh. 2B: S-Ramsay 2, Convissar. HR: S-Ramsay.

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