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  • Severna Park's Cam Clark tossed a complete-game shutout to help the Falcons knock Arundel out of the 4A East bracket with a 2-0 win at Joe Cannon Stadium on Tuesday.
    Photo by Colin Murphy
    Severna Park's Cam Clark tossed a complete-game shutout to help the Falcons knock Arundel out of the 4A East bracket with a 2-0 win at Joe Cannon Stadium on Tuesday.
  • Ryan Key tagged out Arundel's Andrew Jones on a thrilling play at the plate in the fifth inning to keep the game tied at 0-0. Key led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, igniting Severna Park's two-run inning that ultimately led the Falcons to a 2-0 win.
    Photo by Colin Murphy
    Ryan Key tagged out Arundel's Andrew Jones on a thrilling play at the plate in the fifth inning to keep the game tied at 0-0. Key led off the bottom of the sixth with a single, igniting Severna Park's two-run inning that ultimately led the Falcons to a 2-0 win.
  • Drew Jeffries and George Lesher (2) each had an RBI hit in helping the Falcons advance.
    Photo by Colin Murphy
    Drew Jeffries and George Lesher (2) each had an RBI hit in helping the Falcons advance.

Severna Park Baseball Defeats Arundel 2-0, Advances To Friday’s Region Final

Colin Murphy
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May 16, 2017

No one expected a blowout victory when the Severna Park baseball team hosted Arundel at Joe Cannon Stadium on Tuesday in the 4A East Section I final. It’s the playoffs, and it’s Falcons vs. Wildcats—it’s going to be close.

A pitcher’s duel from the start, Severna Park rode a gem from starting pitcher Cameron Clark and got key RBI hits late in the game by Drew Jeffries and George Lesher to defeat the Wildcats 2-0 and advance to the 4A East region final.

Severna Park will host North Point at Joe Cannon Stadium on Friday at 4:30 for a chance to get back to the state tournament for the first time since 2015.

PHOTO GALLERY: Severna Park baseball vs. Arundel, 5.16.17, 4A East Section I final

A day after Matt Glady allowed only one earned run in a 13-2, mercy-rule victory over North County, Clark followed suit on Tuesday, shutting down Arundel’s offense by carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning and ultimately keeping the Wildcats off the board in a complete-game win. Clark used his curveball masterfully, allowing three hits and one walk and striking out seven on 93 pitches in a dominant outing against a normally potent Arundel lineup.

“Felt great,” said Clark. “I could get the curve ball over and mix my fastball in. I realized early in the day they couldn’t hit the curveball, so I just kept pounding my curveball, getting ahead in the count, and we came out on top.”

They came out on top after struggling most of the day against Arundel starter Will Schubert, in his own right one of the season’s best pitchers in Anne Arundel County. Alternating between groundouts and pop flies through the first five innings, the Falcons finally broke through in the sixth inning. Catcher Ryan Key led off the inning with a line-drive single up the middle. Sam Barranco pinch ran for Key, advanced to second on a perfect bunt by Patrick Sullivan and went to third on a balk by Schubert.

Jeffries, the team’s nine-hitter, stepped into the box and blasted a 1-2 fastball to the center field wall for a triple, scoring Barranco and giving the Falcons a 1-0 lead.

“I was just looking for a pitch and trying to hit it,” said Jeffries, who has become accustomed to big hits. Jeffries’ seventh-inning solo homer against Chesapeake on May 3 helped the Falcons rally from 2-1 down in the seventh and defeat the Cougars 3-2 in extra innings. “I was looking for a curveball, because his curveball is very good, but he threw a fastball.”

Lesher followed with a double to plate Jeffries and make it 2-0, and that was all Clark needed. In the top of the seventh, a bang-bang play at first and a throwing error allowed Arundel to get a couple runners on, but Clark fielded the final out on a comebacker to wrap up the win and send Severna Park into Friday’s region final.

The Falcons are now 22-2, and it’s been a total team effort with each win.

“I saw it at the beginning of the year, our nine-hole hitter can swing the bat a little bit,” said Severna Park head coach Eric Milton. “So one through nine, you never know. We just kept battling. [Schubert] is one of the best pitchers in the county, and we you’ve got to keep battling, and thank god we came through.”

In addition to the starting pitching and timely hits, the battle included moments of critical defensive playmaking for the Falcons, too. Jake Hallett made a great over-the-shoulder grab on a dead sprint in right field to rob Arundel of a hit in the fourth inning. In the fifth, back-to-back singles by the Wildcats nearly resulted in a 1-0 Arundel lead, but Hallett’s throw from the outfield found Sullivan, who relayed to Key at home to cut down the runner on a thrilling play at the plate. The out kept the game scoreless and garnered roaring applause from the Severna Park fans packing the first-base bleachers.

PHOTO GALLERY: Severna Park baseball vs. Arundel, 5.16.17, 4A East Section I final

Lesher said when the pitchers are dealing the way they have been, everyone’s confident.

“Today Cam pitched a gem, can’t really ask for anything more than that, and Matt yesterday pitched a hell of a game as well,” said Lesher. “When they’re doing their job and we’re doing our job, that’s all that matters.”

Glady said the one-through-nine hitting depth is reflective of the confidence that permeates the whole team.

“You see it all the way through,” said Glady. “Everyone can hit. Drew, our nine hitter, he’s got power, and he hit it over the centerfielder’s head. And it’s so much fun. You can tell. We’re all into the game, everyone has a role on this team, everyone does their role, no one complains about anything. We’re a team, we’re a family, and that’s what’s going to get us to the end.”

Milton said the pitchers have continued to improve with each outing.

“They’ve gotten stronger as the season’s gone on, especially Cam,” he said. “He struggled early in the season, but lately he’s just been lights out. He came in against Chesapeake and shut them down, and shut down [Arundel] today, so that’s 12 shutout innings in the last two outings right there. They’re just getting stronger, and hopefully we can carry that over, get a couple days rest, go out again on Friday and try to keep it rolling.”

 


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