Centennial's Fredrick turns tables on Atholton

Last year's loss motivates pitcher in Eagles' 13-3 win


May 01, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Sometimes personal motivation for one player spurs one team over another in an important game.

Exhuming the year-old memory of a trouncing by Atholton inspired Centennial pitcher Steve Fredrick (6-2) to one of his best pitching performances of the season yesterday.

The No. 8-ranked, visiting Eagles performed the trouncing this time, defeating No. 15 Atholton, 13-3, and maintaining their two-game league lead with four games remaining.

"Last season, I got shelled by Atholton [12-7] for my first loss, so this game today was big for me personally," Fredrick said.

The victory completed a two-game sweep of the Raiders (9-6 overall, 8-6 league) this season. Centennial (13-3, 12-2) shut them out, 13-0, on April 9.

Fredrick (2-for-4, two RBIs) also had yesterday's game-winning hit, an RBI single in the sixth inning that broke a 3-3 tie.

Matt Deuchler (2-for-3, five RBIs) had the game-breaking hit, a three-run double in that same four-run sixth inning, which began with Phil Down's leadoff double and included singles by Mike Martin and Chris Tiedemann.

Fredrick struck out six, walked two and allowed five hits, stifling Atholton's attack, which put up 37 runs in the last four games.

His only shaky inning was the second. Andy Severt hit an opposite-field single, Steve Gluth singled on a Baltimore chop to first base, and Keith McMullen reached on an error to load the bases. Scott Sebor's walk forced home a run. A snappy double play started by second baseman Tiedemann's backhanded flip to shortstop Martin allowed a run to score. And Seth Williams' double also scored a run.

"Steve threw well, other than that one inning," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "I was worried about the mound, because it's higher than any major-league mound I've seen."

Fredrick said: "It took a little while to get used to it."

Once he adjusted, he apparently liked it, retiring 16 of the last 18 batters he faced and throwing only 86 pitches.

"I usually throw 20 more pitches than that," Fredrick said. "I was getting a lot of front-foot outs off my changeup."

Centennial added six runs in the seventh. Shawn Cudzilo tripled home two. Tiedemann and Deuchler hit RBI singles.

Atholton starter Adam Beaver allowed just five hits through the first five innings before the Eagles figured him out.

Pub Date: 5/01/99

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