Hot 'Cats walk over cold Atholton 14 walks help Wilde Lake to 7th straight, a 10-3 romp

April 10, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

David Tiemeyer thought he wasn't good enough to play for Atholton, so he transferred to Wilde Lake after his freshman year, hoping he would have a better chance with a perennially weak team.

Fortunes are changing for Wilde Lake. Yesterday, the junior right-hander six-hit Atholton, and the surprising Wildecats (7-1 overall, 5-1 league), off to their fastest start in school history, won their seventh straight game, 10-3.

It was the second time in seven days that Tiemeyer (2-1) and the No. 20-ranked Wildecats defeated the ninth-ranked Raiders (5-3, 4-2) at Atholton, and it was Atholton's third straight loss.

Atholton's defense again faltered, making four errors. And its pitchers walked 14 batters.

Atholton starter Doug Airel, normally an excellent control pitcher, walked nine in 2 2/3 innings and left after throwing 90 pitches, trailing 5-0.

"I was lucky, because I think my strike zone was a lot bigger than his," Tiemeyer said. "The umpire gave me the outside corner and not Airel, so I gave them the curve on the outside, and they went for it. I was nervous, because I really wanted to beat this team."

Tiemeyer, who threw 106 pitches in numbing 40-degree temperatures and a gusty wind, struck out eight and walked three. Only Brent Hooper managed two hits off him.

"Most of my strikeouts were on the curve," Tiemeyer said. "Late in the game I started throwing my slider."

The biggest hitter for Wilde Lake was Seth Smith, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a walk. Tony Jackson walked three times and was 1-for-2 with a double. Rich Garcia went 2-for-2 with two RBIs. Chris Yetter tripled. Leadoff batter Chris Matchat reached three times on two walks and an error and drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Levi Zwerling and Aaron Altscher each walked three times. Andy Chung had an RBI single.

Wilde Lake broke the game open with a four-run third inning on five walks, two hits and two Atholton errors.

"I was nervous about this game, because I thought that Atholton's loss to Centennial Monday would spark them up, and because we were pathetic during pre-game warm-up," Wildecats coach Don Storr said. "But we played solid defense and got great pitching."

Pub Date: 4/10/97

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