Keyser 3-hits Glenelg to keep Atholton's title hopes alive

May 07, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Atholton's Dan Keyser saved his career-best pitching performance for a crucial game against visiting Glenelg.

The junior left-hander threw his first complete game and gave up just three hits to an injury-riddled Glenelg squad whose hopes of repeating as county champions were dimmed by yesterday's 2-1 loss.

Atholton (11-4, 7-2) and Glenelg each entered the game with two league losses and trailed first-place Centennial, which had no league losses.

"This win means that we've still got an opportunity to win a county title and that's all you can ask for at this point," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said.

Atholton plays Centennial in a makeup game Monday. And Centennial then plays Glenelg Tuesday in the continuation of a suspended game in which the Eagles trail 2-0 in the bottom of the second inning.

An Atholton win Monday combined with a Glenelg win Tuesday would leave the Raiders and Centennial with the same number of league losses.

Keyser, who was roughed up Monday for nine runs when he pitched against South Carroll, kept the ball low against Glenelg and had his curveball working successfully.

"Monday I was getting the ball up high, and today I wanted to keep it low and just let them hit it and let our fielders do their jobs," Keyser said.

He struck out two, walked five and pitched out of jams in the first, second, fifth and seventh innings.

"This was the best game I've pitched at the varsity level," he said. "Glenelg is really good and [Sean] Lookingbill pitched well for them today."

Glenelg scored its only run in the first inning.

Matt Morraye led off and reached second base on a throwing error. Lookingbill blooped a single to left field, putting runners at the corners. Ray Sullivan scored Morraye on a sacrifice fly. But Keyser stopped the threat there.

Atholton scored both of its runs in the fourth inning without a base hit. Lookingbill walked Ryan Schneider and Derrek Schneider to start the inning.

He retired the next two batters, but wild-pitched the runners into scoring position.

Then he got Pete Yoder to hit a comebacker and appeared to be out of the inning. But Lookingbill threw the ball over the first baseman's head and two runs scored.

Glenelg wasted back-to-back leadoff walks to start the fifth inning, as Keyser retired Sullivan on a pop-up, Mike Goldberg on a long fly ball and Mike Deming on a fly ball.

The Gladiators threatened in the seventh when Sullivan fought off a pitch on his fists for a two-out single to right field. He took second base when the ball was bobbled. But Keyser retired Goldberg on a grounder to third baseman Brandon Eierman, who made a nice play on a tough hop.

Glenelg played without starting catcher Kevin Curtin (separated shoulder) and third baseman Brian Boteler whose knee was operated on Thursday.

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