Glenelg continued to sprint toward a Howard County baseball championship by defeating Mount Hebron yesterday, 13-8.
The No. 5-ranked Gladiators won their 12th straight game and improved their overall record to 15-1 and their league mark to 13-1.
With at least a two-game lead and only four games left to play, Glenelg now holds a decided edge in the championship race over its closest rivals -- Atholton, Centennial and River Hill.
The Gladiators defeated a hot team in Mount Hebron. The Vikings had won three straight after losing two one-run heart-breakers last week.
"We were really worried about Mount Hebron," said Glenelg's Mike Rice, who went 3-for-3 and drew two intentional walks. "Five games last week for us was really tough, and we were kind of tired and not ourselves today. We were rocky during warm-ups."
Defense proved to be the difference in the game. Mount Hebron made eight errors and gave up 11 unearned runs. Glenelg made two errors and allowed two unearned runs.
Mount Hebron starting pitcher Steve Schaeffer, who is 0-5 and lost a 1-0 three-hitter against Hammond last week, again deserved a better fate. He pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up all 13 runs on eight hits. "Schaeffer pitched a good game," Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher said.
Glenelg scored two runs in the fifth inning on no hits, and five runs in the sixth on one hit as the Vikings made five errors during those two innings.
Mount Hebron (6-10, 5-9), which outhit Glenelg, 11-10, had rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 8-8. The Vikings banged out six solid hits that inning, including a double by Rob Ernest, a single by Max Marcotic, an RBI single by Steve Sweich, an RBI single by Schaeffer, a two-run single by Steve Sansone and an RBI double by John Sernulka.
But Glenelg's Jeff Starcher, pitching in relief, shut out the Vikings in the sixth and seventh. Starcher was also 2-for-3 with an RBI sac-fly.
Other clutch Glenelg hits came from Brandon Robertson, who had a two-run double, and Matt Thrasher, John Hughes and David Harris, each of whom had an RBI single.
Harris, Glenelg's starting pitcher, lasted 4 1/3 innings.
Pub Date: 4/28/98