High-flying Eagles shine in sun, 14-3

Centennial drills pay off in romp over River Hill

Baseball

April 15, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial returned to the scene of an earlier debacle and made things right yesterday at River Hill.

The soaring, No. 6-ranked Eagles won by the slaughter rule over the nose-diving Hawks, 14-3. More importantly, they corrected a flaw that led to their only loss this season.

On March 30, Centennial (8-1 overall, 7-0 league) dropped the championship game of the River Hill Tournament to Howard by losing five fly balls in the sun.

"We spent all of [Tuesday's] practice catching fly balls in the sun," said Eagles coach Ron Martin, not wanting a repeat showing.

The practice paid off with no outfield miscues yesterday.

Eagles pitcher Chris Tiedemann, victim of that earlier fielding fiasco, enjoyed yesterday's solid Centennial defensive effort, as well as an attack that exploded with hitting for the fourth straight game -- all Eagles victories.

Centennial scored 50 runs during those four victories and forced an early, five-inning conclusion for Tiedemann's second straight start. He is 3-1 this season.

"My arm was a little sore at the beginning, but then I got it stretched out," Tiedemann said. "I wanted to get them to hit ground balls and used my fastball to set up my slider. I didn't have my best stuff -- but not my worst, either."

River Hill (4-5, 3-4) lost its fourth straight, but even though it was out-hit for the first time all season, still rapped nine hits. The heart of the order, Chris Becraft, Arin Gelletly and Miguel Motanez each had two hits.

Once again, however, the Hawks did not come up with enough timely hits. Defense was a Hawks problem again yesterday, as well, both in the form of errors and balls that could have been caught but weren't even touched.

River Hill actually scored first and led 1-0 after the first inning, thanks to Becraft's RBI double.

Centennial rallied for three runs in the second inning on a walk to Brian Neidig, a single by Phil Down, a walk to Steve Lazarewicz, a two-run double by Steve Fredrick and a sacrifice fly by Tiedemann. The Eagles added an unearned run in the third inning.

River Hill stroked five hits in the third inning but scored only two runs to trail 4-3.

Centennial then tacked up seven runs in the game-breaking fourth inning on two errors, four walks and five hits, including an RBI single by Matt Deuchler, a two-run single by Ryan Barwick and a two-run single by Lazarewicz.

Mike Martin, Deuchler, Barwick, and Fredrick each had two hits. Down, a speedy left fielder starting only his third game, had two RBIs and three hits, including a fifth-inning RBI triple.

Fredrick, batting ninth, had a pair of two-run doubles.

"My first two seasons, I didn't get many runs scored for me," Tiedemann said. "They're making up for it this year. It's nice when [batters] one through nine [are] stinging the ball."

No. 1 Arundel 6, North County 1: After two stunning losses to unranked teams in two days, Arundel (6-4) played up to its billing in a victory over North County (4-6) in Gambrills.

Desperately needing a victory after 5-4 and 2-1 losses to Meade and Chesapeake, respectively, the Wildcats got a combined one-hitter from Dave Stallings and Star Kriger, as well as three bases-empty homers, two by shortstop John McCurdy.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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