No. 7 Glenelg's win sparked by Goldberg

April 22, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Mike Goldberg had an ice pack wrapped around his right elbow and a worried look on his face yesterday.

Glenelg's All-Metro shortstop should have been celebrating an 8-7 extra-inning victory over Wilde Lake in which he had three hits and four RBIs and pitched four strong innings of relief. He struck out six, allowed three hits and one walk and no runs.

Instead, he was worried that his No. 7 team may have lost for the season another All-Metro player, third baseman Brian Boteler.

Boteler, batting .538, injured a ligament in his left knee running out a ground ball in Wednesday's 1-0 win over Oakland Mills. If there's cartilage damage he'll need an operation. If not, Boteler might be back in three weeks.

And Goldberg, batting .363 (8-for-22), was worried about his arm. After the game he said: "It hurts. I didn't have my heat today. I wasn't getting my body behind it."

Goldberg, who had pitched only five innings this season, relieved starter Steve Zumbrum with the bases loaded and no outs in the third inning and gave up a triple before striking out the side.

Sean Lookingbill, who had thrown seven innings Wednesday, pitched the final two innings for Glenelg and gave up a two-run homer to Dylan Gentile that tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the seventh.

But Lookingbill redeemed himself by tripling in the eighth and scoring the winning run on Goldberg's sacrifice fly.

Wilde Lake (1-6, 1-5) jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-run double by Gentile that followed two walks.

Glenelg (5-2, 4-1) answered with four runs in the fourth inning off Wilde Lake starter Frank DeSantis. Lookingbill, Goldberg and Mike Deming hit consecutive RBI doubles that inning, and Kevin Curtin drove in a run on a ground out.

Wilde Lake rallied for three runs in the bottom of the third inning and took a 5-4 lead. Zumbrum walked three straight batters and Gentile tripled them all home.

Glenelg rallied for three runs in the top of the fourth to regain the lead, 7-5. A two-run single by Goldberg and an RBI triple by Deming were the key hits.

Gentile, a sophomore left-hander, relieved for Wilde Lake in the fifth inning and went the rest of the way. He gave up two hits and one run. In 11 innings this season he has allowed just three earned runs.

Gentile's tying home run in the seventh was a line drive that rolled onto the asphalt in center field at Wilde Lake. It completed a perfect day at the plate in which he homered, tripled, doubled and drove in all seven of Wilde Lake's runs.

"This was a dream game for me, except that we didn't win," Gentile said.

Coleman said: "We had to pull out all stops today with Goldberg and Lookingbill because we couldn't afford to lose this game. But now we only have only one pitcher [Ray Sullivan] left to throw tomorrow against Howard, so we have to call up someone from the junior varsity to use in relief."

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