Chesapeake scores 36 runs in sweep Northeast baseball tourney

April 13, 1993|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Staff Writer

Chesapeake rapped out 28 hits and scored 36 runs to sweep a doubleheader and win the Northeast Tournament yesterday.

The Cougars (3-1) hammered Southern, 16-0, and routed host Northeast, 20-8, in the final.

Shortstop John Young was 5-for-6 with a homer, seven RBI and seven runs scored in the two games.

Southern came into the tournament with a 2-0 record but didn't score a run and had only two hits in the two games. The Bulldogs dropped the first game of the day to Northeast, 3-0, as Chris Kelly fired a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts to best Troy O'Connor, who lost with a three-hitter.

Chesapeake's junior right-hander Jeremy Pellegrini fired a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and one walk while Young went 4-for-4 with three doubles, John Klug scored a pair and Jason White doubled in a run in the win over Southern.

Junior lefty Norm Stephenson received a lot of support in the championship as his mates exploded for 10 runs in the third inning to give the southpaw a 12-2 cushion. Stephenson took the Cougars into the sixth inning before giving way to senior Jerry Scheff, who finished up.

In the five innings he worked, Stephenson scattered 10 hits, walked four and struck out five while giving up eight runs.

"It was what we were looking for with Pellegrini and Stephenson both doing the job for us and we hit the ball well," said coach Jim Simms.

"We've been waiting for our hitting to explode like that."

Right fielder Brandon Steinheim started the barrage in the final with a solo homer over the center-field fence in the first inning. It was the first of three homers by the Cougars.

Young drilled a two-run shot in the fifth and Klug hit a solo homer in the sixth, both clearing the right center-field fence, but the third inning was the decisive frame.

Chesapeake had only three hits in the 10-run third, but was aided by three errors, four walks, two hit batters, a wild pitch and a balk.

Northeast starter Wayne Hudson was gone with one out and the bases loadded in the third and two more pitchers followed.

Chesapeake catcher Ken Moore had three hits, including a triple, and Klug had two hits.

The highlight for Northeast was a two-run homer to left center by Jason Hohman in the sixth.

"Winning two like this, especially over a quality program like Northeast, gives us the kind of confidence we need to play Arundel," said Simms. Chesapeake plays host to second-ranked Arundel (2-0) tomorrow.

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