Centennial enjoying turnaround with six hitting .500 or better

April 02, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For a baseball team that frequently struggled at the plate last season, Centennial is experiencing quite a tournaround.

The Eagles are 4-0, have scored 77 runs and have six players batting .500 or better.

They are led by first baseman Jamie McDonald, who is 7-for-8 with six RBIs, four walks and has been hit by a pitch.

Then there is Marcus Jones, who is 9-for-15 with two triples, a home run and 11 RBIs.

"He's been the biggest surprise for us so far," coach Ron Martin said of Jones. "He's a sprinter and last year we used him mainly as a pinch runner."

Denny Chapman, who has signed with Virginia and is expected to be the team's biggest impact player, is 6-for-10 with one double, one home run and six RBIs. As a pitcher, Chapman is 2-0 with 23 strikeouts and four walks in 12 innings. He has allowed seven hits and has a 2.33 ERA. He stuck out16 against Howard.

Center fielder and catcher Pat Conners is 9-for-17 with a double and seven RBIs, and Matt Deuchler is 8-for-16 with a double and four RBIs.

John Tokasz is 8-for-16 with one triple, two home runs and seven RBIs. Mike Martin, the coach's son, leads the team in RBIs with 12 and is batting .409 with two doubles.

Vikings at Case funeral

Gerry Case (Broadneck), the Loyola College lacrosse player who died March 22 of meningococcemia, an infection of the blood, was buried March 25.

Although Case scored the goal that beat Mount Hebron in double overtime in the state championship game last season, the Vikings obviously had great respect for him, because two current Vikings players and their mothers attended his funeral.

Mike Stromberg and his mother, Carol, and Mike Machiran and his mother, Rose, were among the large crowd that mourned Case. And the Vikings' Mike Huppman visited the funeral home the night before the funeral.

"His parents and teammates were so appreciative that we came that they couldn't thank us enough," Carol Stromberg said. "The lacrosse community is close-knit and really came out in force. Warren Michael and Sonny Ziegler [Mount Hebron's coaches last season] also attended the funeral."

Mount Hebron took up a collection for the Case Scholarship Fund.

Fencing problems

The position of Long Reach's baseball field may necessitate some remedial fencing if the results of the Centennial game are any indication.

"Our first batter up hit a foul ball that broke a windshield on a car in a parking lot," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "It's too close to apartments and the road. They'll have to put up a humongous screen on telephone poles like they have at golf driving ranges. It won't look pretty."

That's just one of the problems with the baseball field that Martin noted.

"The sun sets right in the eyes of the fielders. No thought was given to the angle of the sun. And the outfield is real hard and slopes down, so that a lot of routine singles will go for extra bases."

Centennial led Long Reach 13-0 after five innings, but ended up winning, 34-1, thanks to a 14-run seventh inning.

Names in the news

Scott Baughman (Mount Hebron) has four goals, two assists and eight ground balls as starting midfielder for Georgetown, which is 4-2. Rob Hauff (Centennial) has 10 ground balls, five takeaways and four turnovers as a defenseman for North Carolina, which is 2-5.

Jeremy Desor has played at midfield in three of Dartmouth's four games and has one assist. Dartmouth is 1-3. James Thomas of Mount Hebron scored seven goals in a 13-8 victory against C. Milton Wright last Saturday, and teammate Kyle Campbell scored five in a 9-5 win against Westminster March 27.

Posido Vega has 26 saves, Tom Browne seven goals and Craig Feinberg six goals and two assists in Hammond's wins over Curley and North Carroll last week.

Pub Date: 4/02/97

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