Centennial turns back Glenelg, stays in 1st Chapman, Deuchler help No. 11 Eagles rebound, 9-4

April 15, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The pitching of Denny Chapman and the hitting of Matt Deuchler enabled Centennial to defeat Glenelg yesterday and remain in first place in a torrid county race.

The No. 11 Eagles bounced back from last Saturday's loss to Hammond by knocking off Glenelg, 9-4, as Chapman fanned 12 in a six-hitter and Deuchler ripped three hits and drove in three runs.

"This was Deuchler's best game," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "He hit every ball hard. We had planned not to have Denny pitch the whole game, but we got worried because Glenelg has been coming from behind a lot, so we figured we had to try and make sure we won this game."

Chapman excelled through five innings, allowing only three hits and no runs. Then he tired.

"I just gutted out the last two innings," Chapman said. "This was not one of my favorite performances. I didn't feel like I had any pop. My curveball kept me in the game."

Several pro scouts clocked Chapman's fastball at 85 to 87 mph, a little slower than last Monday against Atholton, when he consistently threw 88 mph.

A double by Brent Waskey, David Boteler's third single, a walk to Jeremy Pendleton, a two-run single by Mike Rice, a hit batter and two errors produced four Glenelg runs -- two earned -- in the sixth.

Glenelg (6-4 overall, 5-3 league) dropped two games behind Centennial (8-2, 7-1) largely because its defense fell apart by allowing seven unearned runs.

Glenelg shortstop David Harris made four errors on routine groundballs, and three of the four runners that reached on the errors scored. One Harris error on a Chapman grounder allowed two runs to score during Centennial's five-run second inning.

Key hits that inning included an RBI double by Jamie McDonald, an RBI double by Deuchler and an RBI single by Mike Martin.

None of those five runs were earned, nor were Centennial's two runs in the sixth inning that started when Harris made back-to-back errors. The Eagles then scored twice without a hit on a wild pitch and a safety squeeze.

Centennial scored twice in the third inning, and drove out starting pitcher Dan Kurdziel on Deuchler's two-run double. A single by Ryan Barwick (2-for-3, one walk) started the rally.

Glenelg relief pitcher Mike Rice was outstanding. In 4 2/3 innings he allowed one hit, struck out two and walked two.

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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