Hebron pulls off another upset, 6-5

No. 6 Centennial's errors lead to all Vikings runs

April 17, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Mount Hebron Vikings entered this season with the reputation of being very young but full of potential.

These days, however, they've earned a much bolder tag -- giant killers.

The Vikings, who had already beaten No. 9-ranked Glenelg and No. 14 Atholton, came back yesterday to beat No. 6 Centennial, 6-5, giving them wins over the three teams widely considered Howard County's best.

"This is huge for us," said Mount Hebron coach Matt Forsyth. "We really came out today and played a tough ballgame."

The win came two days after the Vikings (5-5 overall, 5-3 league) were blown out by Howard, 19-2.

"We seem like we show up for the big games but don't show up sometimes for the games against lesser teams," said pitcher Steve Swiech. "It was just embarrassing to be a part of, and we had something to prove today."

Though not particularly sharp at times, Swiech (3-1) went the distance, allowing nine hits.

Centennial starter Steve Fredrick and reliever Chris Tiedemann were more impressive on the mound, combining to strike out 12 and only allow five hits, but they were hurt by five Centennial errors that led to all six Vikings runs.

Mount Hebron got off to a quick lead, scoring four unearned runs in the top of the first.

With one out, Brian Dmec reached when third baseman Shawn Cudzilo couldn't pick up a bunt that had rolled through the wet grass. After Max Markotic walked, Jon Crow singled to center to make it 1-0.

Three batters later, Joe Michalski delivered the big blow, a bases-loaded double over the head of the right fielder to make it 4-0.

Centennial (8-2, 7-1) got one back in the bottom of the inning on consecutive doubles by Matt Deuchler and Cudzilo, the latter's being a bloop to center that fell between three fielders.

Cudzilo then got the Eagles within one run with a two-run homer to left center in the third to make it 4-3.

Mount Hebron added single runs in the fourth and fifth, both unearned, to make it 6-3 before the Eagles mounted a comeback.

They scored two in the sixth on an RBI double by Stephen Lazarewicz and RBI single by Steve Fredrick, and put a runner on base with one out in the seventh when Deuchler reached an an error.

But that was where Centennial's luck ended. Swiech got both Cudzilo and Ryan Barwick to fly out to the base of the outfield fence, with the final out caught in left by Adam Boarman.

While Forsyth said he was pleased with the victory, he said he'd like to see more consistency from his team.

"Basically, we're playing up against the best teams," he said.

Pub Date: 4/17/99

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