Atholton batters Centennial, 12-7 Severt leads the 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 on an almost identical flight path in the four-run fourth inning.

He connected for both shots off Centennial starter Steve Frederick, who was making his second varsity start.

"We kept it up and they smacked the bejeebers out of the ball," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "It's only one game, but obviously it was an important one."

Although Atholton scored 12 runs yesterday, it was a below-average offensive effort. The Raiders are averaging 14 runs per game.

Atholton led 9-1 after four innings. Centennial (4-1) rallied for four runs on two singles, two walks and three errors in the top of the fifth.

But the Raiders came back with two runs in the bottom of tHe fifth on two walks, a sacrifice bunt and a two-run error.

Seth Williams smacked an RBI double for Atholton in the sixth inning. And Centennial's Chris Tiedermann hit a two-run single in the seventh inning to finish the scoring.

Ryan Schulz went 3-for-4 with a triple for Atholton. Teammate Ryan Lambert hit a two-run triple in the first inning.

For Centennial, Matt Deuchler went 2-for-3 with a walk, and the strong-armed catcher picked a runner off second base.

It was a sloppy game. Atholton made seven errors and Centennial made five errors.

"We have some weaknesses, but we've been overcoming them by hitting well," said Atholton coach Kevin Kelly, who was especially happy since his wife delivered a healthy baby girl (Grace) at 5 a.m. yesterday.

No. 4 Archbishop Curley 3, No. 12 McDonogh 0: Junior Dan Deming (2-0) pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up two hits and striking out four to lead the Friars (4-1, 2-1) to a MIAA A Conference victory over the visiting Eagles.

Pub Date: 3/31/98

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