T. Johnson stops No. 7 Glenelg, 11-0

April 19, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

FREDERICK -- Thomas Johnson pitched its stopper and Glenelg didn't.

The result was an 11-0 Thomas Johnson victory that saddled the seventh-ranked Gladiators with their second loss in five games.

Three Glenelg pitchers gave up 10 hits and walked eight batters in a game ended by a 10-run mercy rule.

Thomas Johnson (7-1) had one out when Brandon Lawson's fourth hit, a two-run double, scored the 10th and 11th runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

It wasn't just Glenelg's pitching that was shaky. The Gladiators made three errors, bungled fundamentals on two other plays and managed one hit, a two-out, fourth-inning single by Joe Goldberg.

"We were pathetic defensively and need to get back to basics," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said. "But their pitcher is probably the best we'll face all season."

Thomas Johnson senior right-hander Mike Anders baffled Glenelg batters with a sidearm curveball and an assortment of deliveries. He had nine strikeouts and walked one en route to his second one-hitter of the season. Anders is 5-0 and in 31 innings has struck out 51, walked four and allowed two earned runs.

"He's been our stopper for three years," Patriots coach Jim Foit said. "We knew Glenelg was good and he was ready. He hadn't pitched since last Tuesday."

Foit wasn't surprised by his team's hitting either. "We were hitting .360 as a team before today's game."

Coleman, facing three league games the rest of this week, decided to save his two best pitchers, Sean Lookingbill and Mike Goldberg, for those games.

"I've always considered the county championship as more important and [Ray] Sullivan needed the work today."

Sullivan, a senior right-hander with limited pitching experience, started and allowed four runs, four hits and four walks in two innings plus five batters.

After Sullivan threw 12 straight balls to start the third inning, Coleman removed him and inserted hard-throwing right-hander Brian Boteler, who got the first batter to hit into a double play and the second batter to ground out.

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