Glenelg powers its way past Hammond, 10-8 Soph. Weszka gets 2 HRs in 18-hit barrage

March 25, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg sophomore Jason Weszka got his first varsity base hit yesterday -- a home run. He hit another homer before the game was over. And a lot more seem sure to follow.

Weszka, batting in the No. 9 spot, went 2-for-4 and drove in three runs, as power-hitting Glenelg rallied from a four-run, last-inning deficit to defeat upset-minded Hammond, 10-8.

Trailing 6-2, Glenelg scored eight runs on nine hits, including three home runs, in its final at-bat. They had four home runs and 18 hits for the game.

From top to bottom, Glenelg (2-0 overall, 2-0 league) proved it has a lineup that can flat-out hit, as 10 different Gladiators had base hits.

Jeremy Shry, batting in the No. 7 spot, went 3-for-4, including a three-run home run in the seventh inning that put Glenelg ahead, 7-6.

Starting Bears pitcher Nick Peter, was touched for single runs in the first and second innings, including Weszka's first home run in the second inning. But the right-hander escaped threats in the fourth and sixth innings with some sparkling defensive plays from his teammates.

Freshman Hammond catcher Jason Maxey threw out Shry trying to steal -- killing a potential fourth-inning rally. And the Bears turned an inning-ending double play in the sixth to squash a rally.

Maxey also hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning and went 2-for-4. Ken Beck hit a bases-empty homer, and Peter hit a sacrifice fly.

Hammond (1-1, 1-1) scored runs on wild pitches in the sixth and seventh innings, and another run on Beck's seventh-inning double. But the Bears' bottom-of-the-seventh, two-run rally fell short.

Glenelg's Jeff Starcher went 2-for-4, including a lead-off home run that ignited Glenelg's winning rally.

St. Joe transfer Matt Kozora contributed two base hits in the seventh, when Glenelg batted 13 times. Kozora was 3-for-5. Mike Rice had a double and an RBI-single in five at-bats. Matt Thrasher kept alive Glenelg's rally with an RBI single. Brandon Robertson hit two doubles.

Hammond coach Bob Maxey said: "We served them notice that we're for real. We were three outs away from winning. But we panicked. Nick talked me into letting him start the seventh inning."

Peter threw a total of 97 pitches and appeared weary at the end.

Pub Date: 3/25/98

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