Swiech Puts Out Fire For Mt. Hebron

Freshman Pitcher Saves 10-7 Win Over Wilde Lake

April 25, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Freshman relief pitcher Steve Swiech of Mount Hebron gave the Vikings what they needed yesterday -- two scoreless innings.

His effort enabled the Vikings to derail No. 10 Wilde Lake, 10-7, and made a winner of Vikings starter Randy Zwitch. It was Swiech's second save, to go with a 3-0 record and 1.40 ERA.

"I like feeling pressure," Swiech said. "I like pitching in the late innings. My fastball was my best pitch today."

Mount Hebron (8-3 overall, 8-3 league) did everything good teams need to do to win. The Vikings played solid defense, ran the bases aggressively and hit in the clutch.

Seven different Vikings had RBIs, led by Jeff Buckley who went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Tom Perone went 3-for-4. Brian Picker went 2-for-4 and scored from second base on a groundout to shortstop in the fifth inning.

Mount Hebron also scored runners from third base two other times on groundouts to shortstop. The Vikings hit one sacrifice fly and had two sacrifice bunts.

"Mount Hebron was aggressive, played fundamentally sound and executed when they needed to," Wilde Lake coach Don Storr said. "They took advantage of any break we gave them."

The Vikings scored one run in each of the first five innings, but trailed 6-5 after the Wildecats (10-4, 8-4) rallied with a three-run fifth on Tony Jackson's home run and Ricky Garcia's two-run single.

Jackson, whose opposite-field home run was his eighth, reached base three other times on two walks and a hit-by-the-pitch. He stole four bases, giving him 23 for the season.

"I was jammed on the home run," said Jackson, who made his first pitching appearance of the season in the seventh inning.

Mount Hebron went ahead 8-6 in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs on two hits and three Wilde Lake errors. Five of Mount Hebron's runs were unearned.

Chris Yetter, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, homered for Wilde Lake to lead off the bottom of the sixth -- bringing Swiech into the game and closing the gap to 8-7.

But Wilde Lake failed to capitalize on Tiemeyer's double off Swiech, and then Mount Hebron scored two insurance runs in the top of the seventh.

"It was great to get some gifts," Vikings coach Pat Crouse said. "Buckley's two-run double in the seventh inning was the big hit because it gave us a three-run lead and took the pressure off the freshman [Swiech]."

Pub Date: 4/25/97

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