Mt. Hebron humbles Howard Volland rebounds with 3-hit, 9-1 win Baseball

April 09, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Erik Volland pitched five shutout innings, his Mount Hebron teammates banged out four extra-base hits to stake him to an early six-run lead, and the visiting Vikings cruised to a 9-1 victory yesterday at Howard.

The victory had Hebron (1-1) smiling a day after the Vikings dropped a 9-5 decision to Glenelg.

Then again, while Hebron and Glenelg are expected to contend for the county championship, yesterday the Vikings faced a youthful Howard team coming off a 2-17 season.

And the Lions (0-3), who start six sophomores, showed their inexperience by committing six errors to assist Hebron. Still, Hebron coach Dave Appleby wasn't downplaying the victory.

"We needed to confirm what we believe about ourselves, which is that we are a good team," Appleby said. "Not to denigrate Howard, but they are a young team. But we needed any kind of competition. When you have good players and your pride is stung, you work harder."

Volland is a prime example. Wednesday against Glenelg, Hebron's No. 1 starter failed to retire a batter while Glenelg took a 5-0 first-inning lead. Because Volland had such a short workout, Appleby decided to send him back to the mound against Howard. Volland quickly assumed the form that he had showed en route to a 5-1 record last spring.

Mixing a fastball, curve and a changeup, Volland silenced the Lions, who entered the game hitting .313 as a team. Volland surrendered three hits, walked one and recorded eight strikeouts. He struck out the side in the second and fourth innings. By the time Appleby called on relief pitcher Mike Cudzillo in the bottom of the sixth, Hebron was ahead 8-0.

"He [Volland] fooled us a little bit. We were way out in front of his off-speed stuff," said Matt Forsyth, Howard's first-year coach. "He had three pitches, and we hadn't seen three pitches yet."

Appleby said: "He pitched like the No. 1 pitcher he is. That's the Erik Volland we've come to expect to see. If we see more of that, we're going to be in good shape."

Volland enjoyed plenty of offensive support. Gregg Hylock singled twice and tripled in four at-bats; he scored three runs. Mike Fadrowski and Cudzillo each had a two-run double. Derek Coburn, who replaced Fadrowski in the outfield in the sixth, singled home two runs in his first at-bat. In all, Hebron managed nine hits -- five for extra bases -- off starter Edgar Dameron and rad Mountcastle, one of two Howard relievers.

Hylock opened the scoring in the first inning, when he sent a two-out triple over left fielder A. J. Durham's head. He scored on Fadrowski's ground ball to third, when Mountcastle's throw pulled first baseman Ryan Frees off the bag.

The Vikings didn't need errors to help them blow the game open in the third inning. With one out, Mike Cole blooped a double down the left-field line. Hylock singled him to third. After Hylock stole second, Fadrowski doubled both runs home to make it 3-0. After Rusty Shown drew a walk, Cudzillo drove in two more runs with another double.

Freshman Larry Long then relieved Dameron. First, Long got Mark Jensen on a ground out, enabling Cudzillo to advance to third. Cudzillo scored on an error by the Howard infield.

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