Weitzel provides Centennial a boost

May 03, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Kurt Weitzel is back and throwing as well as ever. Maybe better.

The Centennial right-hander hadn't started in 2 1/2 weeks because of a sore arm, but he threw a complete-game one-hitter against Hammond in an 8-0 victory yesterday.

A healthy Weitzel (4-1) means that the Eagles again have two dominant starting pitchers as they head into the second half of the league season. Joe Mellendick is the other strong starter.

No. 13 Centennial is unbeaten (7-0) in the league and is 11-2 overall.

Weitzel allowed a walk and a single in the first inning and then retired 19 straight Hammond batters. He struck out a season-high 10 batters and struck out every Hammond starter but Andrew Jenkins.

"My curve was working today," Weitzel said. "I had control of everything and my arm feels like it is getting stronger."

Weitzel thinks he strained a muscle in his pitching arm by throwing a slider, and has decided to abandon that pitch for now.

"It's something you probably shouldn't throw until you get older and stronger," he said.

He threw 90 pitches, including 20 in the seventh inning, on the way to the first one-hitter of his high-school career. Three times, he retired the side on just nine pitches. He struck out the side in the fourth inning.

Weitzel received good defensive support, especially from third baseman Dan Christine who made five plays. Christine started a double play in the first inning and made a diving catch in the seventh inning.

Christine also had a double and a single in four at-bats.

Weitzel's main offensive support came from Mellendick's two-run homer in the second inning and from Kevin O'Connor's two-run homer in the fifth inning.

Jeff Windish had a two-run single in the third inning. Windish and Mellendick each had two hits.

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