Dave Ryder (5-0) tossed a four-hitter with six strikeouts and six walks as third seed Anne Arundel Community College (18-13) eliminated top seed Montgomery-Rockville, 9-2, in a losers' bracket game of the Region XX Division I Junior College Baseball Championships yesterday at Essex Community College.
The victory put the Pioneers in today's 2:30 p.m. losers' bracket game against the loser of Allegany vs. Hagerstown, the only two unbeaten teams left in the tournament. They will play at 11 a.m. today.
A win today would advance third seed Anne Arundel to a doubleheader tomorrow. A sweep of the doubleheader would give the Pioneers the double-elimination tournament and the right to advance to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.
K. C. Murphy was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBI, which came in a five-run seventh as the Pioneers broke the game open. Pioneer Chris Durocher had two hits, two runs and one RBI.
In the first game of the tournament yesterday, No. 2 seed Allegany got two runs in the first without a hit and added four in the third to defeat Anne Arundel, 6-2.
In that game, Anne Arundel starting pitcher John Degen (4-5) literally got off on the wrong foot as he slipped on a come-backer by Allegany leadoff batter Scott Etsell, who reached on a pitcher's error. A walk and third baseman Eric Scott's error on a ground ball loaded the bases.
The left-handed Degen then walked Allegany clean-up hitter John Debernardis to bring home the first run.
Etsell, who reached all four times he batted (2-for-2, two walks), started things again in the third for the Trojans with a single to center. After Tony Myers lined a single to left, he and Etsell came home on a booming triple in the gap in right-center by Tony Reda.
Reda scored on a wild pitch by Degen, and Chad Chabala drilled a bases-empty homer over the left-field fence to make it 6-0 Allegany. Anne Arundel coach Clayton Jacobson replaced Degen with right-hander Mark Fearing, who went the rest of the way without giving up a run and only two hits.
"Degen was not as sharp as he usually is and we spotted them six runs early and didn't catch up," said Jacobson, whose Pioneers defeated the Trojans, 11-10, in the regular season after falling behind 10-0.
Right-hander Dave McIlnay, who pitched a four-hitter with eight strikeouts and three walks, was in total command except for a two-run homer by Scott in the top of the sixth.