Centennial advances to 3A region final

May 21, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Dave Hudson's bid to no-hit Broadneck ended with Jim Pavao's leadoff bloop single in the sixth inning.

But that was the only hit the Centennial right-hander allowed enroute to a 1-0 victory in the Class 3A East Region semifinal at Centennial yesterday.

The Eagles will play at City, a 5-3 winner over Poly in the other semifinal, at 1 p.m. today for the region title.

No. 9 Centennial (18-3) scored an unearned run off Broadneck's Sean Ryan in the bottom of the seventh inning for the game's lone run.

The run scored on a freakish play. Curtis Mitchell had reached second on a bunt single and a wild throw by Ryan, and Mitchell was running with one out when pinch hitter Ryan Macks hit a soft liner toward second baseman Yancey Quigley.

Quigley dove straight forward in an attempt to catch the ball before it bounced. He missed making the catch by inches. The ball went under his glove, bounced off his body and rolled toward second base.

Broadneck shortstop Pavao retrieved the ball just before it reached the outfield grass. He threw toward home trying to catch Mitchell, who is Centennial's speediest runner.

But Ryan cut off the throw and then relayed his own throw to catcher Allen Way, who was blocking the plate. Ryan's throw short-hopped off the heel of Way's mitt as Mitchell slid in.

Way lifted Mitchell in the air and over the plate without Mitchell's touching it. But Mitchell reached back, touched the plate and secured the semifinal victory for the Eagles.

"This game was what we thought it would be," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "We thought one run would win it."

Hudson (9-1) struck out six, walked one and was in control the entire game. No. 12 Broadneck (14-7) had two base runners, and only one reached second.

After walking the game's first batter, Hudson retired 15 straight until Pavao's single.

"I was a little surprised they didn't try and bunt more off Hudson," Martin said.

In Hudson's only loss this season, he pitched a no-hitter against Frederick. And he also pitched a no-hitter in last season's regional championship game against Carver.

The state record for no-hitters in a career is three, and Hudson would like to have tied it.

"I thought I had him [Pavao] struck out two pitches before his hit," Hudson said. But Hudson's curve near the corner of the plate was called a ball.

Ryan (8-4) struck out seven, walked none and gave up four hits. Centennial batters hit only one ball in the air to the outfield.

Centennial threatened to score in the sixth inning, when an error and a wild pitch put Brian Dowell at second base with one out and Centennial's No. 3 and No. 4 hitters coming up.

But Kurt Weitzel grounded to shortstop Pavao, who threw Dowell out at the plate. And Hudson struck out.

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