Old Mill, Severna Park gain tomorrow's championship game


Throw out all the "if" scenarios, it's going to be top-ranked Old Mill and No. 5 Severna Park in tomorrow's 7 p.m. Anne Arundel County baseball championship game at Joe Cannon Stadium in Harmans.

The two teams won their respective games yesterday to finish with identical 13-3 league records and negate any use of the county's tiebreaker criteria. Five teams were still alive for the two berths going into yesterday.

Old Mill (16-4 overall) took the regular-season meeting between the two by 8-2 over the Falcons (15-5) at Joe Cannon Stadium.

"I think the two county teams who have been the most consistent this season are playing for the championship and we're really looking forward to playing them again," said Severna Park coach Jim McCandless.

Old Mill won, 12-2, at home over Southern-AA (5-14, 4-12) yesterday with Matt Buchholz (3-1) going the distance on a three-hitter. Tyler Young was 3-for-4 with his third homer, a double and two RBIs while Bernie Harvey had two doubles and an RBI and Justin Dove went 3-for-3 with a double for the Patriots.

Brandon Sanders' fourth homer of the season, a three-run clout, ended the game in the bottom of the sixth by way of the 10-run mercy rule.

Severna Park finished off a 16-16 tie with visiting South River that had been suspended on April 8. Kevin Smith delivered a bases-loaded single to give the Falcons a 17-16 victory in 10 innings.

Then, while Severna Park was rolling in the regularly-scheduled game at South River on the way to a 12-2 romp, North County was upsetting Glen Burnie, 3-2, behind senior left-hander Josh Strong in Ferndale.

With Glen Burnie (12-8, 11-5) losing in a game played in 1 hour, 20 minutes, Severna Park did not have to win its second game with South River.

The Falcons, however, unleashed a 13-hit attack with Tim Pollock belting a three-run homer and Alex Vitale going 2-for-3 with a double and RBI. Jason Howse (3-1) went all seven innings for the Falcons on a four-hitter with four walks and eight strikeouts.

Old Mill coach Mel Montgomery sees a double benefit playing in tomorrow's championship. First, there is the county title to be won and, secondly, "playing Severna Park gives us a tough game before the region playoffs instead of having a drought before we play again."

Each of the two teams earned first-round byes Friday by virtue of being one of the top four seeds in their respective regions, Old Mill (No. 2) in the 4A East and Severna Park (1 or 2) in the 3A East. They won't play until Monday.

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