Glenelg bruises foes in Atholton tourney Wins title with routs of Gibbons, Wilde Lake

April 12, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg looked like the 10th-ranked team in the Metro area yesterday.

The Gladiators (4-1 overall, 1-1 league) exploded offensively to win the Atholton Tournament, beating Gibbons in the semifinals, 11-0, and Wilde Lake in the championship game, 16-1.

"We got some decent pitching," Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell said. "Ben [Gugliotta] threw just 42 pitches in six innings against Gibbons and Doug [Sinon] threw a good game against Wilde Lake.

"We also didn't make any errors, so pitching and defense will win you a lot of games."

Sinon (2-0) didn't allow a hit through five innings against Wilde Lake, but was lifted after the fifth. Reliever Steve Dulaney gave up a single to the first batter he faced, Andy Chung, who later scored. It was Wilde Lake's only hit.

Sinon said that he was not surprised that Wilde Lake (2-2, 0-1)upset previously unbeaten Atholton in the other semifinal, 14-4.

"Wilde Lake really hit against us the first time we played them [April 2]," Sinon said. Glenelg won that game, 11-10.

Sinon was a bit upset about not getting a chance to complete his no-hitter, but his pitch count had reached its cutoff level, and Ashwell was anxious to get Dulaney some pitching time.

"Glenelg didn't give us walks, and we made some mistakes that they took advantage of," Wilde Lake coach Don Storr said. "Our team showed two extremes in the way it played today. Hopefully, this second game will help us mature."

Atholton helped Wilde Lake's cause in the semifinal by walking 12 batters. A 5-4 lead after six innings ballooned when Wilde Lake scored nine times in the seventh.

"It was the first time our seniors had ever beaten Atholton," Storr said. "We took advantage of their mistakes."

But against Glenelg, it was Wilde Lake's pitchers who couldn't find the plate. They walked 11 Glenelg batters and surrendered 10 hits, including a home run by Gugliotta and doubles by Dulaney, Paul Marick and Jason Mitchell.

Wilde Lake sophomore right-hander Dave Tiemeyer, making his first varsity start, showed nice velocity and held Glenelg to one run through two innings while striking out four. But he started getting the ball up in the third inning and Glenelg rapped him for five hits and five runs, including Gugliotta's two-run homer.

Wilde Lake's defense didn't help. It made six errors against the Gladiators.

Coaches for Gibbons and Wilde Lake agreed to end games against Glenelg before the regulation seven innings were completed because of the lopsided scores.

Pub Date: 4/12/96

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