Atholton stuns No. 7 Glenelg

April 27, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Keith Schultz's pride was a little hurt last season because he never got a chance to pitch against Glenelg.

Schultz had a 5-1 record and 2.74 ERA in 35 2/3 innings, but he didn't earn a lot of respect or any All-County recognition because he pitched mostly against weaker teams.

So the Atholton right-hander who relies on off-speed stuff looked forward to pitching against No. 7 Glenelg (6-4, 5-2) yesterday.

Schultz came through by holding the hard-hitting Gladiators to two runs and four hits through five innings. He tired in the sixth, walking four, hitting a batter and giving up two runs before Spike Altman got the final out of the inning.

Altman, trying to protect a 6-4 lead, survived a shaky seventh in which Glenelg leadoff batter Mike Deming reached on an error and Kevin Curtin followed with a double off the left-field fence. But Altman retired Ray Sullivan on a come-backer, John Kozora on a pop-up and Ben Gugliotta on a fly ball to end the game 6-4.

"This was a huge win for us," Schultz said. "We haven't beaten them in two years. We still have a chance to win the county championship. They have great hitters and they are in our same region. So this was a real confidence-builder for us."

No. 16 Atholton helped Schultz (3-0) by scoring three runs in the first inning and three more in the second inning off Glenelg's ace left-hander, Sean Lookingbill (5-1).

Atholton (9-3, 5-2) loaded the bases with two outs in the first inning on Jason Sandner's single and two walks. Designated hitter Chad Patterson bounced a routine grounder to second baseman Craig Hooker, who failed to beat Derrek Schneider to second for a force out. One run scored on the play. Marc Lowenthal singled to right, driving in two more runs.

Matt Morraye led off the bottom of the first with a home run for Glenelg, but that's all the Gladiators got despite a two-out walk by Deming and a single by Curtin.

Poor Glenelg defense and Lookingbill's lack of control also contributed to Atholton's three second-inning runs.

Schultz led off with a walk. Bill Hite hit a one-out double. Brandon Eierman blooped a single to center to drive in a run. After Ryan Schneider flied deep to left, his brother, Derrek, drove a ball deep to right. It appeared catchable, but right fielder John Kozora missed it and the triple scored two more runs.

Mike Goldberg relieved Lookingbill in the third and shut down Atholton on two hits the rest of the way.

Atholton first baseman Pete Yoder made three nice plays in the )) fifth after Zach Guerra and Morraye had singled. Yoder failed at first to field a grounder by Goldberg, but finally found the ball, dove to the bag and beat Goldberg on a close play.

The next two batters grounded out, and Yoder scooped up low throws on both outs, saving a potentially big inning for Glenelg. Instead, the Gladiators scored once and pulled within four runs.

Schultz, who threw 118 pitches, praised his defense, Altman and catcher Ryan Schneider.

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