Centennial scrambles past Wilde Lake for 10-8 win

Eagles' Fredrick pitches his fourth complete game


April 13, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In summer ball Wilde Lake's Chris Yetter and Centennial's Steve Fredrick were teammates on the Columbia Reds.

They were even closer than normal teammates because they frequently served as Columbia's keystone combination at shortstop and second base respectively.

Yesterday, they had to put that camaraderie 1 aside. They pitched against one another, as Wilde Lake (4-4 overall, 3-3 league) attempted to upset the No. 6-ranked Eagles (6-1, 6-0).

Yetter did all he could to win offensively, blasting two home runs and a double, walking once and driving in four runs off Fredrick, including a three-run, sixth-inning home run that put Wilde Lake ahead 7-4.

But on the mound, Fredrick (125 pitches) outlasted Yetter (111 pitches) for a 10-8 Eagles win.

It was Fredrick's fourth win without a loss this season, and fourth complete game. He was 13-0 during summer ball.

"I hit a kid early with my curve, so I put that pitch in my back pocket and went with my fastball and change," Fredrick said. "I got a lot of kids out on their front foot and a lot of ground balls late in the game, so the change, which is a new pitch for me, must have been working. Yetter really had a day. We were going to walk him his last time up, but we had runners at first and second, so I had to pitch to him."

Six proved a lucky number for the Eagles. Centennial's sixth straight league win came about with a six-run, sixth-inning rally from a 7-4 deficit. Wilde Lake's porous defense helped a lot. The Wildecats made four errors, including two dropped fly balls. Only two Centennial runs were earned.

Yetter didn't help himself defensively. It was a lead-off walk and then his errant throw after fielding a bunt in the sixth inning that started Centennial's winning rally.

Fredrick hit an RBI single that inning. Shawn Cudzilo, who had an RBI double in the fifth inning, walked with the bases loaded. And Ryan Barwick hit a game-winning two-run single.

Centennial's other big hit was a two-run double by Steve Lazarewicz in the second inning, following Brian Neidig's two-out flared single off the shortstop's glove, and a two-base throwing error on Phil Down's routine ground ball to third.

"We're putting the ball in play and forcing you to make the plays," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "We're pretty solid up and down our lineup."

Martin hasn't made a pitching change this season, receiving seven complete games from his staff.

Pub Date: 4/13/99

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