Hebron surprises Atholton, 22-11

May 17, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Led by Mark Jensen's three home runs and nine RBIs, visiting Mount Hebron stunned 13th-ranked and playoff-bound Atholton yesterday, 22-11.

Jim Long joined Jensen's power binge by hitting two home runs and driving in four runs for the Vikings, whose season has been a disappointment because of erratic hitting. Long's homer in the third inning was a 375-foot blast over the center-field fence.

Mount Hebron failed to make the Class 3A playoffs this season, partly because of a four-game losing streak during the middle of the season in which they scored just three runs. But the Vikings had 17 hits and took satisfaction in beating a playoff-quality team yesterday.

"It's great to beat a good playoff team because we lost to them earlier, and we've lost twice to Centennial and Glenelg," Jensen said. Both Centennial and Glenelg are also playoff-bound.

Jensen's first two homers yesterday were line drives in the third and fifth innings. His third homer was a high fly in the seventh inning.

"The last one was the only one I was sure was gone," Jensen said. "I was able to stay ahead in the count and look for fastballs." Jensen had hit just one home run this season.

Atholton led 9-3 after four innings and appeared on its way to an easy victory.

Atholton's John Bailey relieved starter Keith Schultz and pitched a strong fourth inning.

But 14 Vikings went to the plate in the fifth inning and eight of them got base hits. Nine runs scored, including three on Jensen's homer, two on a single by Tony Giro (3-for-5), two on a single by Greg Hylock, one on a double by Derek Coburn and one on a single by Mike Cudzilo.

Cudzilo, Mount Hebron's starting pitcher, lasted four innings. Although he was hit hard, he picked up the win to improve his record to 6-3. He gave up nine runs, but only six were earned.

Mount Hebron increased its 12-9 lead in the sixth inning by scoring eight more runs on five hits. The big hits were a three-run homer by Long (3-for-5) and a three-run double by Ben Colvard.

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