Struggling Centennial gets by Hammond, 13-10

Errant Eagles pull out win in game they led by 9 runs

April 08, 1999|By Derek Toney | Derek Toney,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On a perfect spring day for baseball, Centennial and Hammond played a less than stellar game yesterday.

Mental lapses and shaky fielding typified the contest before the No. 6-ranked Eagles claimed a 13-10 victory in a Howard County league contest.

"We did too many ridiculous things," said Centennial coach Dave Martin. "We're certainly pleased to get the win, but it was ugly."

The Eagles committed four errors and squandered an opportunity to make a short, merciful afternoon of the game as they had the bases loaded with a nine-run lead in the fifth, only to have a runner picked off, ending the inning.

Centennial entered the bottom of the seventh with a eight-run cushion before Hammond rallied to have the tying run at plate. Eagles starter Steve Frederick, who hit two batters in the inning, struck out Jason Harriman to keep Centennial (6-1, 4-0 league) perfect in county play.

The Eagles tattered Hammond (3-4, 1-3) pitching for 16 hits, with Frederick and battery mate Matt Deuchler leading the way with three hits apiece. Mike Martin, Phil Down and Chris Tiedmann each added two.

Brian Brewer and Nick Marks had two hits each for Hammond, but like its guests played sloppily for most of the game.

"Our inability to play fundamental baseball, a couple of pick-offs, a couple of pop flies, a couple of bunts -- we screwed up," said Hammond coach Bob Maxey, whose team committed four errors. "It wasn't stellar baseball. This is our seventh game, and this is the worst we've looked."

The Eagles put together consecutive four-run outputs in the third and fourth innings to lead 11-3. A RBI single by Deuchler made it a nine-run in the fifth with one out.

Thanks a Hammond error, the Eagles had the bases full. After a fielder's choice filled the bases, Shawn Cudzilo was caught leaning toward home and was picked off, ending the inning.

The Eagles' miscues continued in the bottom of the inning. With two outs, Cudzilo misplayed a foul ball, and Frederick hit Jason Maxey loading the bases.

Brewer hit a pop up that Tiedmann lost in the sun at second, the ball dropping between him and first baseman Steven Lazarwicz, as two runs scored to make it a 12-6 game.

"We concentrate on getting up early, and we did today, but we blew it mentally," said Deuchler. "Instead of shooting down rallies and going up by 10 runs, we made a lot of mental mistakes. Physical mistakes are going to happen, but mental mistakes are what killed us."

Pub Date: 4/08/99

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