Centennial puts away Atholton

May 10, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Centennial's David Hudson has pitched about as well as he could have hoped for this season.

Yesterday -- in a crucial game against second-place Atholton -- he came through again with a three-hit shutout as the ninth-ranked Eagles virtually clinched the county championship, 4-0.

With four games left to play, Centennial (14-2, 10-0) now has a three-game lead over 13th-ranked Atholton (11-5, 7-3) and 14th-ranked Glenelg (6-5, 6-3).

In beating Atholton, Hudson struck out eight, walked one and won his seventh game. In his only loss he pitched a no-hitter against Frederick but errors and walks accounted for three Frederick runs.

In 53 innings Hudson has: 84 strikeouts, 14 walks, allowed three earned runs, pitched three shutouts and seven complete games.

Hudson, who has signed with Ohio University, didn't think he was as sharp against Atholton as he has been.

"I began to lose something off my fastball in the third inning," he said. He was timed on a radar gun at 82 mph in the first inning.

Atholton had its leadoff runner on base and a runner in scoring position in the first and third through fifth innings, but each time Hudson pitched out of it.

Atholton's hits were singles by Pete Yoder and Marc Lowenthal and a double by Brandon Eierman. Jason Sandner led off the game and drew Hudson's only walk.

Hudson was saved in the third inning on an outstanding running catch by left fielder Kevin O'Connor.

Centennial played flawlessly in the field except for a throwing error by Hudson on a pickoff attempt in the fifth inning.

Atholton starting pitcher Keith Schultz, who had beaten Glenelg last week, struggled with his control and was the victim of shaky defense.

Centennial scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning without hitting the ball out of the infield. Schultz walked Hudson to start the rally. Joe Mellendick tried to sacrifice but ended up with a bunt single.

Curtis Mitchell also tried to sacrifice but bunted back to Schultz who slipped in a failed attempt to throw out Hudson at third base.

O'Connor grounded what looked like a double-play ground ball to third baseman Eierman who dropped the ball, then picked it up and tagged third base for one out as a run scored.

Dan Christine reached on an error by the shortstop. Windish reached on an error by Schultz who failed to field a ground ball as the second run scored.

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