Severna Park defeats Arundel 4-1, behind Clark

On Saturday, Severna Park used its bats to slug its way to a playoff victory over Old Mill.

While the offensive production was nowhere near the 13-run attack from Saturday, the Falcons used quality pitching and defense to defeat Arundel, 4-1, on Tuesday in the Class 4A East Region Section I final.

Severna Park (19-3) will face Leonardtown on Friday in the region final. A coin flip will be held on Wednesday to determine the location.

Cam Clark went 5 2/3 innings and gave up just an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning. He scattered four hits and struck out four for the Falcons, who failed to score 10 or more runs for the first time in five games.

“Saturday was wild. We probably should have lost a couple times,” Clark said. “I didn’t have the best command today, but I was able to get guys out on all my pitches.”

Clark used a strikeout to strand a pair of runners in the second, then induced a fly ball with the bases loaded to get out of the fourth. He fielded his position well when Garrett Stanard led off the fifth with a bunt. Clark quickly came off the mound, fielded the ball cleanly and fired a strike to first to just get Stanard. After the Wildcats had a runner on second with none out in the sixth, Clark retired the next two on fly balls before making way for Logan Harris. The left-handed reliever walked the first batter he faced, but got Matt Hagemann to fly out to center to end the inning.

“I don’t worry about Cam in those situations,” Severna Park coach Eric Milton said. “He’s a bulldog. That’s the definition of Cam.”

Though they didn’t use the long ball, the Falcons picked up where they left off on Saturday when they scored a pair of runs in the first inning on Tuesday. Clark drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a wild pitched and scored on Kody Milton’s single. After a Brendan Simonds single, George Lesher hit a sacrifice fly to center that scored Milton and made it 2-0.

Arundel answered in the bottom of the inning when Stanard walked with one out. As Moises Aristy grounded out to short, Stanard broke for third. The throw to third got away and Stanard scored to cut the Falcons’ lead in half.

The Falcons scored a pair of insurance runs in sixth when Lesher led off with a single and courtesy runner Cullen Figlioli stole second and scored on Luke Guy’s single. Guy scored the other run on a wild pitch.

Harris hit the first batter he faced in the bottom of the seventh, but Kody Milton started a 5-4-3 double play, then made a nice play on a grounder to third for the final out.

The Falcons are shooting for their second straight region title and third in four years. Leonardtown, which defeated North Point in the Section II final, has won five region titles with the last coming in 2016.

“We’re moving on, that’s all we care about,” Eric Milton said.

Will Schubert did his best to limit the Severna Park attack. After giving up the two runs in the first, he gave up just three hits over the next four innings before running into some trouble in the sixth.

“The guys who are seniors, you talk to them about the life lessons they learned and how they can translate what they learned from this team to make themselves successful in life,” Arundel coach Frank Hood said. “The guys who are coming back, you remind them we have 365 more days until we see these guys again in this same situation.”

Severna Park (19-3) 200 002 0 — 4 7 1

Arundel (18-5) 100 000 0 — 1 4 1

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