Inclement weather that caused two postponements has Glenelg looking a bit shaky for its league opener today against Wilde Lake.
The Gladiators, near-perennial contenders for the league title, are coming off one of their rare poor seasons, going 6-14 overall and 5-9 in theleague.
And although they appear to have a talented squad capable of contending again, Monday at Loyola it looked like a team that needs a fewmore games before it is ready to win.
Glenelg, playing its first game of the season, lost 8-5. It was a game the Gladiators might havewon had they played up to their capability.
Instead, they issued 10 walks, threw two wild pitches, allowed two passed balls and seven hits, made two fielding errors and two base-running blunders and committed a balk.
"This was our first game, and it showed," Coach Terry Coleman
said. "We're not ready, and our pitchers didn't throw strikes."
Starter Jeff Lewis looked as impressive as a pitcher can while walking five, giving up four hits and allowing four runs during a four-inning stint.
Lewis, only 16 and starting his first varsitygame after winning eight games for the junior varsity last season, threw hard but had trouble getting the third out.
In the second, third and fourth innings he gave up two-out rallies to Loyola. But he also retired two of the first three hitters in the second inning, and the first two hit
ters the next two innings.
Loyola (4-2-1) scored one run in the second and third innings and two in the fourth.
The Gladiators scored three runs in the top of the fifth, but probably should have scored more. Two base-running blunders ran them out ofthe inning.
A single by Jamie Brinker started it off. Matt Drummond walked. After Beall failed to sacrifice, he struck out.
Then Goldberg and Boteler each singled home a run.
David Gunter, a transfer from Mount St. Joseph, was next. He hit a looping fly to right that fell in, but Boteler was thrown out at second base while the inning's third run scored. Gunter was later picked off first by Loyola pitcher Mike Aman.
Glenelg held a 5-4 lead when Lewis left the game infavor of 6-foot-5 Kevin Roland. It was the bottom of the fifth inning.
Roland pitched just one-third inning for Glenelg, allowing fivewalks, two wild pitches and committing a run-scoring balk during Loyola's four-run fifth inning.
Drummond relieved Roland and gave up a two-run single before retiring the next two batters on fly balls.
Shortstop Joe Goldberg had a huge day at the plate for Glenelg, going 3-for-4, including a two-run homer and three RBI.
In the third inning, he crunched the home run deep over the left-field fence with Jason Beall aboard.
Brian Boteler went 2-for-3 for Glenelg with one RBI.
And Gunter pitched the final inning, allowing just one basehit.
Loyola pitcher Aman fanned eight while pitching all seven innings.
"We're going to hit, we have two good pitchers, and defensively we'll be good," Coleman said. "We'll be in the hunt.