Derek Goughenour's two hits in a six-run sixth inning sparked host and No. 2 Old Mill to an 8-5 baseball victory over No. 7 Archbishop Spalding yesterday.
Goughenour started the decisive inning by lining a single to right off the Cavaliers' starter and loser, sophomore Mike Thatcher.
Thatcher pitched well through five innings before tiring in the sixth and giving way to reliever Brendan McGowan.
McGowan gave up a bases-loaded double to Goughenour that scored the last two runs as the Patriots avenged an 11-1 loss to the Cavaliers (5-5) in 2004.
Senior Old Mill right-hander Jason Baumler had one bad inning but recovered to go the distance on a six-hitter with three strikeouts, two walks and two hit batters.
Like the rest of the Patriots (2-0), Baumler is glad to see Goughenour's bat back in the lineup this spring.
"Glad to have his speed out in center field, and he brings a nice bat to our lineup, too," Baumler said.
Goughenour took his smooth, left-handed swing to independent power Riverdale Baptist for a season, but transferred back to Old Mill for his senior year.
"I'm glad to be back and wanted to come back and play for Coach Mel [Montgomery] and finish out my high school career," Goughenour said. "I thought it was time for a change [departure] and was glad for my time at Riverdale, but I'm glad I'm back."
Goughenour, who played as a sophomore on Old Mill's Class 4A state champion that went 20-3 and was ranked No. 1 in The Sun's final poll, has had an immediate impact with the Patriots.
"He's a really good player and has really matured as a hitter," Montgomery said.
"He made a great play down at Thomas Stone [a 17-8 Patriots win in Charles County last week]. He dove across the outfield, slid straight out and caught a ball. Prior to that, he hit a home run about 400 feet. It's great to have Derek back. It's really helped our whole ballclub."
Baumler, who threw 101 pitches, settled down after a rocky third inning in which he gave up a walk, hit two batters and allowed two infield hits for three runs.
Old Mill got two runs back in its half of the third when Goughenour's fly ball to left-center was dropped, but Spalding added a run in the fifth.
Chris Huisman singled in Dan Palumbo, who had doubled with two outs, to give the Cavaliers a 4-2 lead that stood until the sixth.