Old Mill's Lee Haney has developed an affection for whirlpools, ice packs and off days.
It's not that the left-hander doesn't enjoy his job pitching for the No. 9 Patriots.
It's just that throwing more than 100 pitches in his last three starts -- the latest in his team's 14-7 win over visiting and No. 7
Loyola yesterday -- has given the senior a better appreciation for the one-two-three inning.
Haney didn't get one yesterday, but with his team's offensive barrage, it wasn't really necessary. He threw 110 pitches, allowing 10 hits and six earned runs, yet still improved his record to 4-0.
"My arm was really kind of tired," said Haney, who added that the warm conditions didn't help. "I just tried to drink a lot of water so I wouldn't get dehydrated. I don't think I was very focused in the early innings."
Loyola (6-5) -- missing six players, including three starters, to injuries, college visits and SATs -- had a 3-0 lead before the potent bats of Old Mill won out.
The Patriots (8-3) scored four in the first, three in the second and fourth and two in the fifth and sixth, respectively, taking advantage of the Dons' wildness and inexperience on the mound.
Ruffin Bell, who had pitched just two innings all season, lasted into the fifth, giving up six hits, seven walks and 10 earned runs.
"It was like batting practice," said Old Mill's Ryan Scott, who reached base his first four times up, driving in three. "When he got it over, everything was going right down the center of the plate."
Patriots' leadoff hitter Phillip McGinnis reached base five times, though he only got one hit, and his team scored its first 10 runs on just five hits.
"They scored seven early, but I knew we would score more," Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery said. "I knew we would hit the ball. These guys aren't shy with the bat."
The game was added to the schedule just two weeks ago. Originally, it was scheduled as a preseason exhibition, but that got rained out.
For Loyola coach Dave McCann, it was the perfect opportunity to use a number of seldom-used reserves.
"We looked at this as an exhibition game," said McCann, who started Bell instead of a first-string pitcher. "I saw this as a chance to play a lot of reserves. With conference games Monday, Wednesday and Friday, we couldn't afford to use a front-line pitcher."