Glenelg Breaks Away In 8th To Defeat Mt. Hebron, 10-4

Starcher Pitches Full Game For Gladiators' Eighth Win

Baseball

April 24, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The throwing arms of two sophomores and the home-run hitting of three older teammates added up to a 10-4 extra-inning Glenelg victory over Mount Hebron yesterday.

It was a game that both Glenelg (8-5 overall, 7-4 league) and Mount Hebron (7-4, 7-4) needed to win to stay alive in a torrid county baseball race.

Gladiators sophomore Jeff Starcher (3-0) pitched a complete-game, eight-inning seven-hitter, striking out eight and walking four.

But a throw from left field by sophomore Brandon Robertson in the bottom of the seventh inning saved the game for Starcher.

Mount Hebron, trailing 4-3, loaded the bases on a double by Brian Picker, an error and an intentional walk in the seventh inning. Then Starcher walked Tim Odawchowski to force in the tying run.

With only one out and the game on the line, designated hitter Steve Sweich hit a line drive to medium depth in left field. Robertson charged the ball and fired a perfect strike to catcher David Boteler to catch sliding runner Brian Cudzilo, who had run off the base and had to retreat before tagging up.

"It was a great play by Brandon to save the game," Starcher said.

In the top of the eighth inning Glenelg scored six runs. The game-winner was a three-run home run by Brent Waskey, who has been struggling at the plate this season. A one-out error and then a bunt single by Robertson, his sixth bunt single of the season, set the table for Waskey.

A single by Dave Harris, who went 3-for-5, including a third-inning solo home run, an error by the left fielder and a two-run home run by David Boteler finished the scoring.

"Jeff's [Starcher] curve was breaking well today, and he pitched a gutsy game. He didn't give up in that seventh inning," said Boteler, who went 2-for-5 with three RBIs.

Boteler's RBI single in the fifth inning put Glenelg ahead 2-1. And he saved a run in the first inning when he threw out Picker, who tried to steal third base. Another Vikings double by Mike Valente that inning was wasted.

Valente tied the game 1-1 in the third inning on a sacrifice fly.

Vikings pitcher Brian Picker (3-2) was the victim of five Mount Hebron errors, including three by shortstop Cudzilo, whose two-out bases-loaded error in the fifth inning allowed two runs to score.

"Picker is one of the premier pitchers in the area. He did a nice job and deserved better," Vikings coach Pat Crouse said. "He was also our main offensive weapon." Picker was 3-for-4 with two doubles and reached on an error.

Pub Date: 4/24/97

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