Hot-starting Wildecats chill Glenelg Tiemeyer goes distance

Lake vs. Atholton in final

April 03, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake's baseball team, 6-11 last season, is 4-1 and off to its best start in school history.

Yesterday, the Wildecats upset No. 19 Glenelg in the Atholton Tournament, 11-4.

They will play Atholton, 13-4 winners over Hammond, for the championship today at 2: 30 p.m.

Wilde Lake's David Tiemeyer (1-1) threw a complete-game five-hitter against the Gladiators, and also had two hits and an RBI.

"I'm real surprised at how well we've done so far," said Tiemeyer, whose curve and slider were effective.

Tiemeyer made just two big mistakes a bases-empty home run to Jeremy Pendleton in the fourth inning, and a three-run home run to Dan Kurdziel in the fifth inning. Kurdziel's shot cut Wilde Lake's lead to 5-4.

Wilde Lake responded with an eight-hit, six-run sixth inning to sew up the victory.

Tiemeyer, Chris Matschat, Chris Yetter and Andy Chung each had an RBI hit in that inning. One run scored on a passed ball and another on an error, as Glenelg's defense collapsed. Three of Wilde Lake's hits in that sixth inning should have been caught with good defense.

Wilde Lake is a young team with just two seniors, but the Wildecats have been scoring lots of runs -- 28 in five games.

Matschat, the leadoff batter who is 9-for-18 this season, went 3-for-4 and scored twice yesterday.

"At the beginning of the season I said we didn't have a real leadoff hitter, but Chris has come through," Wilde Lake coach Don Storr said.

Wilde Lake has lots of speed and stole three more bases yesterday, making them 20-for-20 for the season.

All nine Wilde Lake starters had at least one hit against Glenelg, which dropped to 3-2.

"Wilde Lake beat us last season in our tournament," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "So we're looking forward to playing them."

Atholton's Chris Russ (2-0) pitched a three-hitter for six innings before Matt Martini finished up against Hammond.

Russ also hit two doubles, raising his average to .571 (8-for-14).

"Chris did a nice job changing speeds," Kelly said.

Atholton won it with a seven-run second inning in which Brent rTC Hooper, Sean Williams, Russ and Wade Zancan all had RBI hits. Hammond walked four that inning and made two errors.

"Atholton is a good team with more maturity than we have," Hammond coach Bob Maxey said. "And Russ is a tough pitcher."

Sean Williams went 3-for-4 for Atholton and Hammond's Josh Zillmer also was 3-for-4, including a triple. Zillmer also stole home in the first inning.

Pub Date: 4/03/97

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