On paper, host Severna Park looked like it was in for a lean day at the plate yesterday against Arundel ace Kurt Light, a right-hander who has given the Falcons fits over the past of couple years.
On the field, however, it was quite a different story.
Tenth-ranked Severna Park battered Light and three other Arundel pitchers, scoring in all but one inning en route to a 13-4 win in an Anne Arundel County League South Division game.
It was a game where the hosts could do virtually nothing wrong, while last year's county and region champion Wildcats at times looked like nothing more than a sandlot team.
"Everybody was pretty hyped up for this one," said Severna Park's Pat Boucher, who picked up a complete-game victory on the mound and went 2-for-3 with a home run. "I iced my arm down a lot and finally had it feeling good."
Boucher (2-0) had great success spotting his curveball, but also had his fastball popping in the mid-80s. He allowed five hits and two walks while striking out seven.
But it was what the Falcons (4-1 overall, 2-0 in the league) did at the plate that was the biggest surprise.
Three times they batted seven in an inning, sending 10 men to the plate in a four-run fifth. Among the heroes were designated hitter Tony Dokoupil (2-for-4, two RBIs), shortstop Mike O'Malley (3-for-4 with a home run) and third baseman Daryll DeSalvo (3-for-4).
For Severna Park coach Jim Pitt, the hit parade wasn't totally unexpected.
"We've been doing a lot of working on our hitting this past week," said Pitt, who added that the majority of work has come on curveballs and sliders away. "I was very pleased the way the kids hung in there and got the rips. They didn't get cheated."
Said Boucher: "Everybody's been talking about Light. In previous years, he came out and warmed up and everybody just watched. This year, everybody came out ready to play ball."
Trailing 1-0 after a half inning, the Falcons scored one in the first, four in the second, three in the third, four in the fifth and one in the sixth.
The Wildcats (4-2, 1-1) contributed heavily to their downfall, committing three costly errors and, all told, allowing eight hitters to reach base without the benefit of a hit.
Center fielder Brian Lane made the biggest contribution for Arundel, doubling to right and scoring in the first before homering to left in the third.
Other than that, coach Bernie Walter didn't have many reasons to smile.
"This is a very young team, and it's been very difficult to teach them how to play," said Walter. "You win some, you lose some, some you get beat. Today we got beat."
Pub Date: 4/05/97