Perone HR rallies Hebron past No. 10 Glenelg, 6-5 Werner's 2-run HR ties it

Vikings grab first place

April 20, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron pitcher Brian Picker stood stone-faced under a large tree behind the team bench between innings. It's part of his game-day pitching ritual not to speak to anyone.

But Picker's face burst into a broad grin when teammate Tom Perone hit a 380-foot home run to center field leading off the bottom of the seventh. The blast gave the 18th-ranked Vikings a 6-5, come-from-behind victory over 10th-ranked and defending state Class 2A champion Glenelg yesterday at Mount Hebron.

"It didn't feel good," said Perone, a junior catcher. "I thought it was a double."

It was Perone's third home run of the season and second of the week, and continued a season-long power surge by the Vikings (8-2-1, 3-1 league) that has them in first place in the Howard County league.

Glenelg (8-3, 3-2), winner of three of the past four county titles, dropped back into second place.

Alex Werner also homered for Mount Hebron, a two-run fifth-inning shot to right field that tied the game at 5-5. It was Werner's second home run this season.

"We thought Perone would hit for power, but everyone is surprised by Werner," Mount Hebron coach Pat Crouse said. His team has already hit 11 home runs, nine more than last season.

In the third inning, Randy Gaigler and Scott Frederick doubled for the Vikings, and Perone hit an RBI single, as the Vikings scored three runs and sliced away at Glenelg's 4-0 lead.

Glenelg, a team perennially characterized by its power, and a team that has won two state titles in three years, also hit the ball hard. Robin Davis' two-run homer capped a three-run third inning for Glenelg. Back-to-back fifth-inning doubles by Dave Harris and Steve Dulaney accounted for Glenelg's fifth run.

Glenelg outhit Mount Hebron 11-7. "But we didn't get enough timely hits," Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell said.

His team won three games this week by scoring 29 runs, and had Picker in trouble nearly every inning. What helped Picker out of two jams was Glenelg's tendency to strike out swinging at high pitches. Picker struck out five and walked two.

"Picker didn't throw as well as he usually does," Crouse said. "His changeup was in the dirt and his curve was up high, and he got behind the first nine batters he faced. But Glenelg helped us out by swinging at high pitches."

"I threw harder than I have all season, and picked up velocity as I went along," said Picker (2-0), who had not pitched more than four innings in a game because of soreness in his arm. "My arm is still not in shape, but my curve was much better today than it has been."

Friends 12, Towson Catholic 1: Junior right-hander Zach Bryant pitched a five-inning no-hitter at Towson Catholic.

Pub Date: 4/20/96

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