Centennial upends Glenelg, 6-3

Tiedemann's seven-hitter lifts No. 7 Eagles to win

April 20, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial forged a two-game league lead exactly midway through the season, tripping up host Glenelg yesterday, 6-3, in a well-pitched, catcher-unfriendly and oddity-filled game.

Chris Tiedemann of Centennial pitched a seven-hitter, striking out four and walking none, improving his record to 4-1 and dragging the No. 7-ranked Eagles (9-2 overall, 8-1 league) two games ahead of No. 8-ranked Glenelg (8-3, 6-3).

Glenelg pitcher Jeff Starcher (3-1) pitched almost equally well, allowing six hits and two earned runs while striking out 10 and walking three. He was victimized by defensive lapses.

Four of Starcher's strikeouts occurred in a decisive three-run seventh inning. Two of those strikeout victims reached first base, including lead-off hitter Phil Down who later scored the winning run.

Down, while conferencing with his coach, had two strikes called against him before entering the batter's box in the seventh inning. At the next pitch, an outside breaking ball, he threw his bat and accidentally hit Glenelg catcher Jason Weszka in the eye. The ball rolled in front of the plate, and Weszka threw the ball into right field, allowing Down to reach second.

Steve Lazarewicz singled. Steve Fredrick grounded out. Mike Martin was walked intentionally to load the bases. Tiedemann grounded slowly to first baseman Matt Thrasher, whose throw was dropped by Starcher, allowing a run to score. Jeff Plank struck out.

Shawn Cudzilo, who had homered and doubled and driven in two runs, then walked to force home another run. Ryan Barwick reached after a third strike as Centennial's final run scored. Brian Neidig struck out.

Glenelg had scored one unearned run in the first inning and squandered a potential big inning in the bottom of the sixth.

Weszka, leading off, was hit by the pitch. Thrasher singled to shortstop. Mike Rice struck out. Jon Hughes singled to right field, loading the bases. J.T. Smart singled to left field, scoring one run, but Down's throw to the plate caught the sliding Thrasher, although Glenelg strongly protested the umpire's call. With Rob LaHayne batting next, a wild pitch sent Hughes streaking toward the plate. The ball bounced sharply off the backstop to Eagles catcher Matt Deuchler, who tagged out Hughes well in front of the plate to end the inning.

Deuchler, an All-County catcher, was ejected from the game on the play for "maliciously throwing an elbow" according to the umpire. He cannot play in today's game against Howard.

"How can you throw a catcher out of the game for making a tag?" Centennial coach Ron Martin said.

Tiedemann was pleased with everything about yesterday's game -- even the home plate umpire. "I thought his strike zone was excellent. My slider and fastball were both good, and I got the ground balls I wanted. Everything clicked today."

Pub Date: 4/20/99

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