Short on pitching, top-ranked Arundel turned to No. 4 pitcher Dave Stallings and unleashed its offensive firepower at Kelley Field in Gaithersburg last night to rip the host Trojans, 13-7, in the state 4A semifinals.
Arundel (21-4) earned a state record 11th trip to the championship game as Stallings, who had pitched less than ten innings before last night, worked the final 5 1/3 innings to pick up the win.
At the plate, Norris Roy had a three-run homer and four RBIs as the Cats took advantage of seven Trojan errors.
Todd Heron had two hits, two runs scored and two RBIS and Hector Guadalupe, who reached base all five times he was up, had a double, two hits, two runs and two RBIs.
The Wildcats play the 4A State final 7 p.m. Friday against No. 9 Patterson (21-2) at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans. It will be the first trip to the final for Patterson, a 5-4 winner over Eleanor Roosevelt in the other semifinal.
Arundel has a Maryland record of seven state titles, winning three times 1991, 1993 and 1995 and finishing runner-up in 1994 and 1996.
Ryan Frostbutter, Arundel's No. 3 pitcher, started on the mound and gave way to Stallings, a junior right-hander, in the second. Stallings had only one bad inning (three runs in the fourth) in yielding four hits and retired the last eight Trojans in succession.
Stallings only struck out one while his teammates made the plays behind him with no errors.
Wildcat lefthander Justin Bell (8-0) and Andy Kostic (9-1) were not ready to pitch against Gaithersburg (13-7). Bell was ejected Saturday in Arundel's 12-7 East Region final win over No. 2 Severna Park (19-3) and had to sit out a game.
Kostic won the region semifinal and final Friday and Saturday, pitching ten innings in two days and had only two days rest and four eligible innings to pitch (14 in seven days per state rules).
"We weren't going to use Andy unless we had to," said Arundel coach Bernie Walter. "But Dave got the job done and we hit the baseball pretty good."
A decisive four-run fourth in which Arundel took the lead for good was highlighted by Roy's three-run homer and Guadalupe's RBI single up the middle. All the runs came after two outs.
Mike Fox was hit by a pitch and Todd Heron followed with a walk to start the big fourth inning.
Gaithersburg answered in the bottom of the fourth with three runs. Ben Coit led off with a double, scored on Jason Cody's double to make it 9-5 and Daniel cut it to 9-7 with his second homer of the game.
Fox also started the three-run third by doubling into right center and the Trojans proceeded to commit four errors that enabled Arundel to forge ahead, 5-4.
Gaithersburg got solo homers from Daniel in the first and Charles "Bull" Durham in the second, and a two-run single by Doug DelGandio to take a 4-2 lead after two innings.
Guadalupe had doubled in Heron in the first and Arundel pushed across an unearned run in the second.
Pub Date: 5/20/98