Glenelg rolls by Hammond, 10-2 Baseball

April 09, 1993|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Glenelg's Jeff Lewis and Sean Lookingbill combined to pitch a three-hitter, and the Gladiators rapped 17 base hits during a 10-2 victory over Hammond yesterday.

The visiting Gladiators lifted their record to 3-0 -- best in the county.

Catcher Kevin Curtin and designated hitter Mike Deming had three hits each against Hammond. It was Deming's second straight three-hit game. Curtin has seven hits in his past 10 at-bats.

Leadoff batter Matt Morraye was 2-for-5, including a two-run homer. Shortstop Brian Boteler went 2-for-5.

"Coach [Bob] Maxey told me they were a good hitting team, so I wasn't surprised by what they did," said Hammond knuckleballer Jeff Price, the starter. It was the junior right-hander's first start of the season. Last season he went 2-5 and lost four games by 2-1 scores.

"In the fourth or fifth inning my arm started getting sore," Price said.

Glenelg jumped on Price for three runs and five hits in the first inning, as Morraye, Jamie Brinker, Boteler and Curtin strung together consecutive singles. After Goldberg struck out, Deming walked with the bases loaded to force home Glenelg's second run. Dave Gunter followed with an RBI single for a 3-0 Glenelg lead.

Hammond (1-1) scored in the bottom of the first inning on Joe Brewer's home run off Glenelg starter Jeff Lewis. "He hit a slider that hung," Lewis said.

Glenelg scored twice in the third inning on singles by Deming, Dave Buckholtz and Jason Beall, and a two-run throwing error by Hammond second baseman David Brewer.

Glenelg added a run in the fourth on a rally that started when Hammond left fielder Jeff Busick dropped Boteler's line drive. Curtin singled, but was thrown out at second base; Boteler advanced to third on the play. Boteler scored on Mike Goldberg's single.

Hammond third baseman Mike Kaplan homered off Lewis in the bottom of the fourth inning to make it 8-2.

Lewis, a senior right-hander whose record is 2-0, was helped by a double play in the bottom of the fifth.

He gave up just three hits and one walk during those five innings.

Lookingbill relieved Lewis in the sixth inning after Lewis walked the first two batters.

"I was getting tired," Lewis said.

Lookingbill got Matt Cyran, Hammond's cleanup batter, to hit into a double play. Lookingbill struck out Kaplan who had homered earlier.

Glenelg scored four more runs in the seventh inning on six hits. John Kojzura led off with a pinch-hit double. Pinch hitter Steve Schulzki singled him home. Morraye homered to center field. Brinker walked. Boteler and Curtin singled. And Deming drove in the final run with a single.

Lookingbill, a sophomore left-hander, struck out three batters in the seventh inning, although Hammond loaded the bases with two out on two errors and a walk.

In three appearances this week, Lookingbill has pitched nine innings, struck out 19 and walked three. He has given up one hit and no runs.

Glenelg does not play again until April 19.

"The real test for us will come that week when we play Thomas Johnson, South Carroll and two league games," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said.

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