Glenelg throws Atholton for loss, 5-2 Lewis, Lookingbill combine to pitch two-hitter in win Baseball

April 06, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Pitchers dominated the hitters yesterday at Atholton.

Senior Jeff Lewis and sophomore Sean Lookingbill combined for a two-hitter as Glenelg defeated Atholton, 5-2, in a battle of defending county co-champions.

It was Glenelg's first decision in a season of weather-related postponements. Atholton's record dropped to 1-1.

Lewis (7-1 last season) had control problems, walking five during his four innings of work. But he also struck out five and allowed just two hits for his first win.

Lookingbill took over in the fifth inning and was outstanding. The left-hander struck out seven of the 10 batters he faced during his three-inning stint of no-hit relief. His curve and good fastball repeatedly overpowered Atholton batters.

"I've never struck out that many in such a short time before," Lookingbill said. "I might have struck out as many as nine in a junior varsity game last season."

Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said, "Lookingbill was impressive. Our pitching was pretty good, but we made some errors and some mental mistakes."

Atholton starter Shane Beaver deserved a better fate, as four of Glenelg's five runs were unearned.

But he hurt himself with a throwing error in the first inning that led to one run. Brian Boteler, who was 2-for-4, drove in the run with a ground single.

Glenelg added two runs in the second inning. That rally began with a long double to center field by third baseman Mike Goldberg, who led off the inning. After Beaver struck out the next two batters, catcher Kevin Curtin ripped a double to left field that scored Goldberg.

"Shane [Beaver] threw him a changeup, which you probably shouldn't throw to a No. 8 hitter," Kelly said.

An error by first baseman Peter Yoder kept the rally alive, and Matt Morraye singled home Curtin for a 3-0 Glenelg lead.

A base-running mistake prematurely ended an Atholton rally in the second inning -- one of several mental mistakes by Atholton.

"I take the blame for that one," Kelly said. He was coaching at third base when an Atholton runner was caught rounding the bag too far after an error by Boteler at shortstop.

Atholton scored twice in the bottom of the third inning on walks to D. J. Chiles and Yoder, a single by Kevin Nickey that loaded the bases, and Richard Blankenship's ground single up the middle.

It was Blankenship's third RBI single in two games and drove home two runs. After two games, the senior is 3-for-6 with four RBI.

Glenelg didn't allow the game to be close for long, as Glenelg scored two unearned runs in the top of the fourth.

An error and a walk got the rally started with one out. Then Jeff Beall hit a dribbler in front of the plate and no one covered first base. Nickey fielded it cleanly, but was forced to hold the ball.

A wild pitch allowed one run to score before Jamie Brinker's infield hit to third base scored the second run of the inning and Glenelg led 5-2.

Beaver escaped a bases-loaded situation in the fifth inning on a comebacker, after issuing two walks and allowing a single.

He was relieved by Spike Altman in the sixth inning. Keith Schultz pitched the seventh inning for Atholton.

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