Howard hammers Glenelg, 10-0

Lions' offensive muscle grabs another easy win

April 27, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

At the beginning of the season Howard coach Rich Jenkins professed confidence his pitching and defense would be good but he wasn't sure how many runs his team could score.

He shouldn't have worried.

Howard (10-4 overall, 8-4 league) has produced the most prolific offense in the league, averaging 10.8 runs per game -- a pace that has them in contention for a county championship. The No. 16-ranked Lions have outscored their opponents, 151-65.

Against No. 9-ranked county title contender Glenelg (10-4, 8-4) yesterday, the Lions won 10-0 in a five-inning game ended by the 10-run rule -- their fifth five-inning victory this season.

Even more impressive was that the Lions knocked out Glenelg's ace pitcher Jeff Starcher with a five-run third inning that gave them a 7-0 lead.

Anthony Aceves, with a Baltimore Orioles scout bird-dogging him, led the charge with a two-run first-inning homer and a fourth-inning RBI single.

"Starcher is still one of the better pitchers in the league," Aceves said. "He just put the ball in the wrong spots today."

Aceves was especially happy that his team responded so well following an emotionally draining 11-8 loss to Atholton last Thursday.

"We could have just rolled over and died," he said.

Richie Grantham went 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI as Howard's prolific lead-off batter. Mike Burke hit an RBI triple. John Brown, John Baker and Rob Fink each hit RBI singles.

"I expected this to be a close game," Grantham said. "Once we started hitting Starcher he got a little shaky."

One player who wasn't shaky was Howard starting pitcher Tony King, who ran his record to 5-1 by three-hitting Glenelg and striking out seven. He walked one batter and hit one batter.

"I got ahead in the count and made them swing at bad pitches," King said.

He helped himself out by picking off two Glenelg runners in the first inning.

"I don't think too many people know about Tony," Aceves said. "He knows how to keep them off balance."

It was King's first victory ever over Glenelg.

Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher obviously was unhappy with his team's peformance that not only included the two base-running mistakes, but also two throws on steals of second base that sailed into center field because no one covered the bag.

"They've been down before and they'll bounce back," Thrasher said of his team.

Jenkins could not have been more pleased with his team's effort.

"We played the way we're capable, and hopefully we can do it for six more games and win a county championship," he said.

No. 7 Arundel 9, No. 1 Severna Park 5: The Falcons' 10-game winning streak came to an end, as the host Wildcats (9-5) took advantage of several mental and physical errors for seven of their nine runs.

Left-hander Star Kriger (4-0) scattered 10 hits, struck out four, did not walk anyone, but did hit one batter on 87 pitches (61 strikes) in six innings of work for Arundel.

No. 5 South Carroll 9, Linganore 4: South Carroll coach George Richardson made a shift in his starting lineup, moving torrid-hitting left fielder Jason Tourangeau up to second from near the bottom of the order.

Tourangeau went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, two RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases, as the Cavaliers handed the visiting Lancers their first Central Maryland Conference defeat.

The Cavaliers (8-3) hit the ball hard throughout their lineup, pounding out 11 base hits in avenging an earlier 13-5 loss to the Frederick County power.

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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