Glenelg, Centennial play to standoff Rustiness shows in opener suspended by darkness

April 01, 1993|By Michael Richman | Michael Richman,Contributing Writer

With inhibiting weather conditions as the culprit, Glenelg's and Centennial's baseball teams fielded only one scrimmage combined before their opening day clash yesterday at Glenelg.

So, when the game's first batter, Centennial's Joe Mellendick, turned a single into a triple because the ball scooted through the legs of left fielder Jason Beall, rustiness had to be partially at fault.

But despite their rustiness, the Howard County rivals played a competitive game that was suspended because of darkness after seven innings with the score 3-3.

Centennial committed one error and Glenelg had three.

The pitching duos of Brent Mertes/Dave Hudson (Centennial) and Jeff Lewis/Sean LookingBill (Glenelg) allowed six hits apiece. Mertes and Lewis, the starters, each pitched four innings. Both hurlers permitted four hits, and in strikeouts, Mertes and Lewis had two and five, respectively.

"Under this year's conditions, you can't really expect a lot," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "Defensively, we made most of the plays. It was so early, it was tough to determine anything.

"I felt a lot better than I thought I would," said Lewis, a senior right-hander who was 7-1 last year. "At the beginning of the game, I thought I would be rusty, but I felt more comfortable as the game went on. With the wind, I wanted to use the curveball more to my advantage."

Centennial scored once in the first inning and twice in the fourth. Glenelg scored all of its runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Centennial took a 1-0 lead when Mellendick scored on a fielder's choice. The Eagles expanded their lead, as Matt Lynch's second of two singles scored Hudson (2-for-3, two doubles) and Mertes for a 3-0 edge.

Glenelg scored its first run when Ray Sullivan's sacrifice fly to center field knocked in Mike Goldberg. Three batters later, with two outs and the bases loaded, shortstop Kurt Weitzel dove to stop Jamie Brinker's grounder up the middle. But Weitzel's toss to second was late, and Steve Schulski and Beall scored.

Gladiators coach Terry Coleman praised Lewis and LookingBill, a sophomore, for their composure this early in the season. The only mistake Coleman noticed in Lewis was allowing a double to Hudson off an 0-2 pitch.

"The most optimistic thing I come away with is I know I've got two kids who can throw," Coleman said. "Defensively, we were where we were supposed to be."

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