Wooden powers North County


Chesapeake sophomore Jared Vogt matched North County senior right-hander Mike Wooden through seven innings yesterday in Lake Shore, but the eighth belonged to the veteran.

Wooden, who lost a bid for a county record third career no-hitter on a two-out infield hit in the seventh, drilled his second double with two outs to score Chris Rice in the eighth.

Wooden then scored on a dropped fly ball to give the No. 2 Knights (7-0) a 2-0 victory over the Cougars (4-3).

"It was a battle and I knew it would be," said Wooden, who has been fighting the flu for several days. "Jared was disappointed like I would have been, but he has nothing to be ashamed of because he's going to be great, he is already."

The shutout was Wooden's third, running his consecutive scoreless innings to 26, a tad short of the county and state record of 28 2/3 set by Arundel left-hander Kyle Coffman in 1987. Wooden has yet to give up an earned run this season.

Billy Dierker's ground shot just off the glove of diving third baseman C. J. Jones with two gone in the seventh broke up the no-hitter. Wooden (4-0) finished with nine strikeouts and two walks and allowed only Dierker to reach second base.

Dierker led off the fifth with a walk and was sacrificed to second by Rob Redmond. Wooden then struck out Luis Falcon and got Corey Dlugokeski to pop to Tweety Barton at first.

Through seven innings, Wooden had thrown 85 pitches (94 total) to 86 by Vogt (106 total). Vogt (2-1) gave up just six hits, two of them infield safeties, and never allowed more than one base runner until tiring in the eighth.

A single over the bag at third by Rice with two outs in the top of the eighth was followed by Wooden's shot to right center. A diving Rice beat second baseman Redmond's relay to catcher Falcon by a split-second for the game's first run.

Steve Tomshack lined a Vogt pitch right at Randy Clifford, a last-minute replacement in center field, and he dropped the ball, allowing Wooden to score.

Regular center fielder Matt Michalowicz, who struck out as a seventh-inning pinch-hitter, did not start because of the flu.

Barton singled for the third time, but Vogt ended the inning by getting Jones to sky to center. Vogt's final line was nine hits, two runs (one earned), six strikeouts and no walks.

Vogt admitted to tiring a bit in the eighth and said that Wooden jumped on his fastball for his two doubles.

"I felt really strong through seven, and when I got the first two in the eighth, I thought I was going to be OK and tried to go after Woody [Wooden] but he he hit my fastball," said Vogt, who has been a summer teammate of Wooden's for five years.


* Arundel 6, South River 0: Junior Kara Kitchen pitched a no-hitter and hit a home run to lead No. 8 Arundel (6-1) to a victory over visiting South River. Kitchen (5-1) struck out five batters and walked one while driving in four runs.

* Glen Burnie 22, Southern-AA 0: Sam Miller pitched a no-hitter to lead host and No. 1 Glen Burnie (7-0) over Southern-AA (0-6) in a five-inning game. Miller (4-0) went 3-for-3 with a double and four RBIs while also striking out eight batters and walking three.

Denise Warren, Mandy Farlow and Susan Kroedel each hit a home run.

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