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Clark Leads Severna Park Past Arundel

Matt Shin
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For the fourth time this season, Severna Park and Arundel squared off. This time though the stakes were the highest, with the winner advancing on in the MPSSAA 4A playoffs. Last week these two teams met in the County Championship in a high scoring shoot-out. In front of packed house at Bernie Walter Field in Gambrills, MD, fans were treated this time to a pitcher’s duel. Cam Clark and Severna Park would come out on top for the third time this season between the two teams, winning the game 4-1.

Clark kept Arundel’s potent offense in check, throwing 5.2 innings and allowing only one run, which was unearned. He kept Arundel off balance and allowed only five hits while striking out four. He would be relieved by Logan Harris who finished the game for Severna Park after Clark had to be removed for pitch count limitations. Arundel’s starter Will Schubert gave the Wildcat’s a chance by limiting the Severna Park offense that had scored 10+ runs in five straight games to four runs over six innings of work.

Severna Park opened the scoring in the first inning off of Schubert after a Clark walk, a wild pitch and a single by Kody Milton. Milton would come around to score after a Brendan Simonds single and a sacrifice fly by George Lesher. However, Arundel would respond in the bottom half of the inning following a Garrett Stanard walk and an error on a throw to third base following a ground out by Moises Aristy.

Schubert responded with a 1-2-3 inning in the second while Clark had to work around a couple singles before eventually getting a strikeout to end the frame. Both teams would threaten with runners on in the fourth, including Clark loading the bases with two outs before getting a fly out to right field.

Severna Park would break through in the sixth inning to tack on two insurance runs. Lesher started the inning off with a single to center and came around to score on Luke Guy’s single after Arundel’s left fielder misplayed the ball. Guy would come around to score after advancing on two wild pitches.  Harris gave the Wildcats life in the bottom of the seventh by hitting the leadoff batter before Milton took over with his glove by starting a 5-4-3 double play and fielding a groundball hit his way to advance Severna Park to the region final with a chance to win their second straight Region title.

Severna Park advances to face Leonardtown in the region final on Friday, with a coin flip taking place on Wednesday to determine the host team of the game. Arundel finishes the year with a record of 18-5.