Darryl DeSalvo threw the baseball like there was no tomorrow. Pat Boucher hit Mike Ziegler's fastballs for a two-run homer and run-scoring double. And Casey Stidham sprayed the ball around the field for three hits and two RBIs.
That's how 12th-ranked Severna Park systematically dismantled No. 1 Old Mill, 5-0, in a fast-moving, well-played Anne Arundel County game played in a drizzle at Old Mill yesterday.
DeSalvo, a slender senior right-hander, has seldom been better than he was yesterday as he shut out the Patriots (11-2) on five hits, striking out nine and walking just one.
DeSalvo (4-1) painted the outside corner of the plate all day with fastballs and mixed his pitches beautifully. Only one Old Mill runner reached third base.
"Basically, I just hit the corners, didn't give up many free passes, made them hit the ball, and the defense played well behind me," said DeSalvo, who improved his record to 4-1. "It's probably as well as I've pitched in high school."
"I've said all season, when we catch the ball, we win. When we don't, we lose," said Falcons coach Jim Pitt, whose team committed only one error yesterday.
Old Mill was led by senior second baseman Chad Gerben, who had a 3-for-3 afternoon.
Boucher, a junior third baseman, hit a 2-and-1 fastball over the right-field fence in the first inning with Tony Dokoupil on first base, giving DeSalvo all the runs he would need to win.
Severna Park collected nine hits off Ziegler, all of them from the lineup's first four batters. Ziegler (4-2) struck out eight.
Gilman 12, Cardinal Gibbons 0: Jeremy Klug (2-0) pitched five hitless innings, striking out 10 and walking one, as host Gilman (8-7) shut out Gibbons (0-11).
Pub Date: 4/24/97