Atholton hammers Centennial for 12-7 win Severt leads the vTC offensive with two homers, five RBIs

March 31, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Andy Severt hit two home runs and drove in five runs to spark No. 11 Atholton to a 12-7 victory over fifth-ranked and previously unbeaten Centennial yesterday.

Three-year veteran Atholton starting pitcher Doug Airel (2-0) pitched five innings of five-hit ball, and allowed five runs -- but only one run was earned. He improved his career record to 14-3.

"I threw a lot more changeups than I usually do, and I was comfortable with that," said Airel, who kept his team unbeaten at 5-0.

But the real story was Severt and his batting tear. The left-handed hitter is batting .667 (12-for-18) with four home runs and 13 RBIs in five games.

He slammed both home runs yesterday to left field. "They were high-and-outside fastballs," Severt said. "And both were on two-strike counts."

The first one, a two-run blast, he hit in Atholton's three-run third inning and it put the Raiders ahead, 5-1. Then he connected for a three-run homer in the four-run fourth inning.

Pub Date: 3/31/98

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