Chesapeake-AA holds on for 6-5 win over Severna Park in baseball

  • Chesapeake Anne Arundel's Kevin Davis, right, gets past the tag attempt by Severna Park catcher Brandon Cavil to score the Cougars' fifth run in the top of the third inning. Chesapeake-AA won, 6-5.
Chesapeake Anne Arundel's Kevin Davis, right, gets past… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
March 28, 2011|By Todd Karpovich, Special to The Baltimore Sun

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel's Jake Rich helped his team set the early tone Monday at No. 3 Severna Park by leading off the game with a home run to left field.

The 10th-ranked Cougars then built a six-run lead and survived a late rally for a 6-5 victory in a key Anne Arundel County matchup.

Chesapeake relied heavily on their ace, 6-foot-5 Jake Bram, to keep the Falcons off-balance. Bram allowed two earned runs on six hits, with four strikeouts, two walks and one hit batsman.

"I told them they are playing Severna Park, not Severna Park's reputation," said Chesapeake's first-year coach Ken King, who also played for the Cougars. "I think they listened and got aggressive like we preach every day in practice That's really it. I didn't give them a Knute Rockne speech."

The game was a rematch of last season's Class 4A East regional semifinal, which was won by Chesapeake. Bradley Keith led Severna Park with a pair of doubles and Brandon Cavil homered.

After Rich's homer, Chesapeake (2-1) increased the lead to two on an RBI single by Brandon Pyle. Brian Musgrove then knocked in two more runs in the second with a double.

"That was a tone-setter for the rest of the game," Rich said. "It helped us score a couple of more runs. We were trying to get on base and move our guys around to get them in scoring position. We just felt they were going to come out and give us all they had. So we needed to set the tone early."

With temperatures in the mid-40s, Bram maintained his control and was effective with his mix of curveballs and fastballs. Severna Park (0-1) cut the margin to 6-2 thanks to a couple of errors and an RBI-single by Andre Haushalter. Bram then buckled down and did not allow another run.

"My pitches were working for the most part," said Bram, who will attend Randolph-Macon in the fall. "Other than a couple of slip-ups, I hit my spots. It was a good game all-around. I stayed warm pretty much."

The Falcons tried to put together a late rally when Connor Wells led off the seventh with a single. Two batters later, Cavil hit a two-run home run that bounced off the scoreboard in center field. That was as close as the Falcons would get.

Agate

No. 9 Chesapeake-AA 6, No. 3 Severna Park 5

C 222 000 0 – 6 4 2

S 002 001 2 – 5 8 5

Bram, Pyle (6) and Kroh; Lindsay, Neseth (6) and Cavil. 2B: C-Musgrove; S-Keith 2. HR: C-Rich; S- Cavil.

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