Old Mill capitalizes for 6-1 Anne Arundel County baseball victory

by Pat O’Malley

Chesapeake-Anne Arundel High baseball coach Ken King and his coaching staff could not remember a game in which their Cougars committed five errors.

It will be awhile before they forget Wednesday’s game at home in Lake Shore in which No. 20 Old Mill took advantage of five miscues to upset the top ranked Cougars, 6-1, in Anne Arundel County action.

Played in a cold, gusty wind that seemed to chill the Cougars uncharacteristic play, the visiting, junior-dominated Patriots got a combined five-hitter from right-handers Kyle Summers and Spencer Haines and timely hitting from their first two batters in Ian Adams and Nickie Cinquanto.

“We can’t remember ever making five errors in a game and running into four outs on the bases (bad base running),” said 8th-year head coach King who has led the Cougars to the Class 3A state final in each of the last two seasons.

“That’s not to take anything away from Old Mill because they played well. It was not characteristic of the way we usually play.”

The loss was the first of the young season for the No. 1 Cougars (5-1) as junior right-hander Dylan Young suffered his first varsity loss after going 6-0 as a sophomore and winning his first two games this year. Young threw more pitches than he usually does – 87 in just four innings – while his defense made more errors than they usually do – four in the first two innings resulting in a 4-1 lead for the 5-2 Patriots.

Old Mill added two more runs in the top of the fourth for their final total of six. Young was removed after the fourth inning having given up only one earned run, five hits, striking out four and walking three. Sophomore Tommy Lewis replaced Young and provided a bright spot for the Cougars throwing three scoreless innings, giving up one hit before striking out the side in the fifth and finishing with five strikeouts and two walks.

In contrast, the Pats pair of junior hurlers in Summers and Haines each pitched three innings with the latter working 3.2 to the 3.1 tossed by Summers. Summers gave up four hits, struck out one, walked two and hit two batters, the second one with one out in the fourth to bring on Haines.

“Kyle hit their No. 9 batter (Andrew Colebrook), so the top of their order was coming up,” said Old Mill coach Charlie Chaffin, explaining why he pulled his starter with a five-run lead. “A 6-1 lead on a Kenny King coached Chesapeake team is not a big lead. Haines came in and did a great job after Kyle had done a great job.”

Haines notched the win yielding only one hit, striking out four and walking two. Chesapeake scored its lone run in its initial at bat as Joe Seidler raced home on the Pats’ lone error. The Cougars would leave 10 men on base. Old Mill left eight on the sacks, but six touched the plate thanks to leadoff batterAdams and No. 2 hitter Cinquanto who set the plate throughout. Adams had the only RBI by the victors on a two-bagger and tallied a pair of runs while Cinquanto was the only hitter in the game with two hits, going 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.

“I thought we played with intensity, more than we did Monday (3-0 loss at McDonogh),” said Chaffin, whose team was coming off a tough 6-4 loss to No. 4 ranked Archbishop Curley on Saturday in which Old Mill took a 4-3 lead into the 7th inning when they met McDonogh in their next game.

“McDonogh was kind of a letdown after Curley, but we came back today and took advantage of the errors that Chesapeake usually doesn’t make.

“This was a good win because we started five sophomores last year (and went 14-8 in Chaffin’s first season) and have only two seniors this year. So, we are still plenty young with all those juniors.’

OLD MILL (5-2) 130 200 0 — 6 6 1
CHESAPEAKE-AA (5-1) 100 000 0 — 1 5 5
OM – Kyle Summers, Spencer Haines (4) and Hunter Parish; C – Dylan Young,Tommy Lewis (5) and Tyler Shadle.
2B: OM-Ian Adams, Nickie Cinquanto; C-Young.
WP – Haines LP – Young