Wildcats beat Bruins on 2-hitter Baseball


Brandon Agamennone was in command yesterday as the top-ranked Wildcats ran their record to 11-1 with a 3-0 victory over 15th-ranked host Broadneck (6-6).

The junior right-hander -- who held the Bruins to two hits -- struck out the side in the first inning and went on to strike out seven in posting his second shutout and fourth win without a loss.

He was in trouble only once when he gave up his first hit, a single by Scott Seyfferth and a walk to Steve DePaul in the bottom of the third.

Agamennone -- who threw 72 pitches (52 were strikes) -- got the next three hitters and went on to set down 11 Bruins in a row before Kevin Barry singled to center with one out in the sixth.

"I used my slider more today than I usually do because my curveball was flat, and I was throwing strikes," he said.

"Brandon suffered through all the things a sophomore does and has developed into a polished pitcher," said coach Bernie Walter, who has coached a horde of outstanding pitchers, including Denny Neagle of the Pittsburgh Pirates in his 20 years at the Gambrills school.

"He's also become a pretty decent student and put himself in position to get an opportunity to pitch at a Division I school."

The Wildcats got "Aggie," as he is nicknamed, the only run he needed in the first inning as shortstop Jeff Hedrick led off with a single to center and scored on catcher Mike Cozzone's infield hit.

Arundel managed another run in the second inning after Tony Costanza drew a one-out walk off losing pitcher Chris Sutch and then stole second and third. Costanza scored on an infield hit by Brian Sands.

Sutch, whose pitching kept the Bruins in the game, gave up five of his nine hits in the first three innings, but three were infield hits.

The Bruins' senior right-hander escaped a fourth-inning jam in which his teammates committed three errors, but gave up the third run in the fifth.

Arundel first baseman Tim Giles (1-for-4) led off the fifth by slicing a double to left just off the fingertips of a diving Brian Zimmerman. After a fielder's choice moved him to third, Giles trotted home on DH J. P. Noon's line-shot double down the right-field line.

After Noon reached second, Sutch settled down and got the next two batters to end the inning.

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