Coach Bernie Walter says this may be his "most creative team" in his 22 years at Arundel. Yesterday at No. 12 Old Mill (7-4), Walter's eighth-ranked Wildcats (9-3) created an 8-2 victory the coach hopes to see more of.
Starting the season with his most inexperienced team in recent memory, Walter has seen this edition "invent plays" both on the negative and positive sides.
The team has managed to show the coach bizarre base running and defensive mistakes not normally seen at Arundel, but yesterday the team created an effort worth a re-run.
For possibly the first time this season, the Wildcats looked like a typical Arundel team ready to make a run down the stretch in the 4A East Region.
"We did a lot of things well today, did what we needed to do and Kurt [Light] was outstanding," said Walter.
Light, a sophomore right-hander, improved to 3-1 by pitching a five-hitter with seven strikeouts, one walk and a hit batter.
"It was probably my best game," said Light. "My slider came on strong later in the game."
Junior Dave Tilman's first of two hits off losing pitcher Tim McGurk (1-3) in the third inning scored Steve Brunner with the game's first run. Arundel added three more in the top of the fifth to give Light a 4-0 lead.
Brunner scored again -- on Gene Collins' line single over a drawn-up infield and shortstop Brian Bogle. Casey Trout doubled Collins to third and the latter scored on third baseman Adam Tetlow's high throw to first after fielding a Steve Sylvester ground ball to make it 3-0.
Brian Burden's single to left brought Trout home with the fourth run. Burden was doubled off first on Sean Fairbanks' fly to deep right to end the inning.
Old Mill failed to capitalize on opportunities in the fourth and fifth innings after Light had one-hit the Patriots through three innings. With one out in the fourth, Brian Bogle and Mark Wissman had back-to-back singles and pulled a double steal to put runners on second and third.
Arundel third baseman Brunner cut off Adam Tetlow's grounder toward the hole by going down on one knee while Bogle remained at third. Brunner threw out Tetlow and Light struck out Jason Sieklicki to end the threat.
In the fifth, Light struck out Doug Bast swinging to start the inning, but a passed ball by catcher Sean Fairbanks put Bast on first and Shane Thompson reached on a grounder through Brunner's legs at third.
Unshaken, Light got Joe Barnes on a deep fly to left, McGurk on a fielder's choice and Chuck Manns on a grounder to Trout at short to escape the inning .
Arundel iced it in the top of the seventh with four runs.