Glenelg pitcher Kevin Roland didn't need much help from his teammates during his 6-1 victory over Oakland Mills Thursday.
Roland one-hit the Scorpions and fanned 13. His shortstop, center fielder and left fielder never had a defensive chance, as Oakland Mills hit just twoballs out of the infield -- both to right fielder Joe Gunter.
The hard-throwing Roland improved his record to 4-2, and that includes a no-hitter against Hammond and a shutout against Wilde Lake. "Roland was the difference," Oakland Mills coach Bill Winder said. "Hehad things under control."
Glenelg shortstop Joe Goldberg contributed with a home run, single, sacrifice fly and four runs batted in. Goldberg, who entered the game batting at a .478 clip, hit a solo homer in the third inning, a two-run single in the fifth and the sacrifice fly in the sixth.
Glenelg (6-3 overall, 5-1 league) scored oncein the second inning on a lead-off single by Brian Boteler and a one-out double by Greg Corrick. A one-out single by Jamie Brinker, followed by Matt Drummand's double, set up runners at third and second forGoldberg's two-run single.
In the sixth, Oakland Mills starter Steve Finkill weakened, walking four batters and allowing two runs on no hits. Finkill allowed a total of seven hits and six walks as his record dropped to 0-3.
Oakland Mills (5-6, 2-4) has been struggling at the plate most of the year. "Our team batting average is below .200, and we've been striking out a lot," Winder said.
The only Oakland Mills run scored on errors by Roland and first baseman David Buckholtz in the fifth inning. Oakland Mills' Alex Laird ended that inningby just missing a home run on a fly deep to right field.
Glenelg third baseman Boteler handled four defensive chances flawlessly, including starting a difficult around-the-horn double play.
Oakland Mills shortstop Steve Eckstrom made two sensational defensive plays, saving at least three runs. Eckstrom went deep in the hole to his rightfor a backhand catch and threw out Corrick to end the inning with two men on in the sixth. Then he ranged far to his left to snare a grounder by Boteler and get him for the final out with runners at third and second.