Glenelg breaks out of batting slump with 17-2 romp

April 16, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

No. 11 Glenelg broke out of its batting slump with a vengeance against Mount Hebron yesterday.

The Gladiators got 18 hits -- nine for extra bases -- on the way to a 17-2 victory. They drew eight walks, had one hit batsman and reached base three times on errors.

Kevin Curtin and Brian Boteler each had four hits. Ray Sullivan and Mike Goldberg had three hits apiece.

Goldberg set the tone by hitting a first-inning grand slam 370 feet over the center-field fence off Mount Hebron starter Greg Hylock.

A single by Sean Lookingbill, an RBI double by Curtin and an RBI single by Boteler drove in two more in the second.

Mount Hebron (6-2, 3-1) used five pitchers.

Last season Glenelg won a state title and had a .370 team batting average, and the Gladiators have returned nearly their entire starting lineup.

"This was bound to happen sooner or later," Goldberg said. "This is the first game we've really hit. It's killed us because we haven't played enough games."

Although the season is four weeks old, yesterday's game was Glenelg's fourth. The Gladiators are 3-1 overall, 2-1 in the league.

"We didn't have a player batting .300," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said. "We just haven't been able to get into the swing."

Hylock said: "They hit everything we threw. I hit the outside corner against Boteler and Goldberg, and they both hit shots to right field."

Goldberg had six RBIs, and Boteler, Sullivan and Curtin each had two RBIs.

Curtin went 4-for-4 with two walks. Boteler was 4-for-5, reached on an error and was hit by a pitch. He also lost a three-run homer in the third inning when the umpire ruled that his fence-clearing blast to center field was a ground-rule double. "It was a home run by five feet," Hylock said.

Matt Deming went 2-for-5 and reached on errors twice. Sullivan was 3-for-6.

The Gladiators got another strong relief effort from Goldberg, who pitched the final two innnings, struck out six and gave up one hit. On Monday against Hammond, Goldberg struck out seven in three innings.

"I was a little tight after Monday but felt good today," Goldberg said.

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