Glenelg clobbers C. Milton Wright, 22-7

Gladiators' fast start makes for an easy ride to Spicer tourney title

April 06, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

After coming from behind in 11 of its 16 wins a year ago, C. Milton Wright has built a reputation as a team that, no matter how far behind, never seems to be out of a game.

So in yesterday's finals of the Rob Spicer Memorial Tournament, No. 11 Glenelg took no chances.

The defending Class 1A state champion sent 34 batters to the plate and scored 21 runs -- in the first three innings -- en route to a 22-7 win over the No. 14 Mustangs.

"It wasn't imperative that we score a lot early, but it was imperative that we come out and try to get on top," said Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher. "They're a good team that knows how to come back."

In other tournament games, Glenelg beat No. 17 Lansdowne, 7-3; and C. Milton Wright defeated Elkton, 10-9. In the consolation final, Lansdowne came back to beat Elkton, 9-6.

In its first-round victory, the host Mustangs rallied from an early 8-1 deficit to win on Gavin Martin's bases-loaded, two-run single in the ninth. While it was yet another improbable comeback for a team that could make the "rally cap" an official part of its uniform, the victory also seemed to leave the Mustangs (3-2) emotionally drained.

Against Glenelg (4-1), that was evident early.

Led by first baseman Matt Thrasher (3-for-4 with a double, triple and 3 RBIs), the Gladiators battered starter Martin, taking a 6-0 lead as seven of the game's first eight batters reached base. The left-hander's control problems also contributed, as he walked five in the inning.

Though the Mustangs closed the gap with three runs in the bottom of the inning, Glenelg continued to roll, scoring nine in the second and six more in the third.

Gladiators hitters reached base 25 times in the first three innings, including 12 hits and 10 walks, and also took advantage of five C. Milton Wright errors.

"Obviously, we did not come to play any facet of the game in the first couple innings," said Mustangs coach Bob Rudolph. "By the time we decided we wanted to play, it was over."

Matt Thrasher said he went to the plate looking to take advantage of the largely inexperienced Mustangs pitching staff.

"I was just waiting for the fastball, and every time they brought it in there I was all over it," he said.

The Gladiators also got big games from right fielder Jeff Starcher (two hits, five runs scored), catcher Jason Weszka (three hits, two RBIs) and third baseman Jon Hughes (reached base four times).

"We haven't hit the ball like that for a while," said Tom Thrasher. "The last time I can honestly say we hit this well was last year in the state semifinals against Havre de Grace. They were nice and patient, and swung at pretty good pitches."

The tournament honored the momory of Rob Spicer, a former C. Milton Wright player who was killed in a car accident two years ago.

Pub Date: 4/06/99

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