With just right balance, Centennial smokes along

Howard notebook

May 07, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When you talk about No. 7-ranked Centennial winning at least a share of its third county baseball championship in six years by defeating River Hill, 11-4, Wednesday, you have to talk about a total team effort -- hitting, pitching and defense.

Offensively, the Eagles (15-3 overall, 14-2 league) don't have an easy out in their lineup and have nine players with at least 13 RBIs.

The leading hitters for average are: Chris Tiedemann, .448 (30-for-67); Ryan Barwick, .429 (18-for-42); Mike Martin, .418 (28-for-67); Shawn Cudzilo, .400 (20-for-50); Mike Deuchler, .393 (24-for-61); and Steve Fredrick, .389 (21-for-54).

Fredrick, who bats ninth, leads the team with 22 RBIs, followed by Cudzilo with 20, Deuchler and Barwick with 19 and Tiedemann and Martin with 17. Cudzilo leads with seven doubles, and Tiedemann, Barwick, Martin and Deuchler each have six doubles.

The Eagles possess two workhorse pitchers, Tiedemann (7-2, 2.41 ERA) and Fredrick (7-1, 2.63 ERA), each with seven complete games. Tiedemann has benefited from pitching in five 10-run rule games, which end after five innings, and has thrown only 626 pitches in 48 innings. Fredrick has pitched 58 innings and thrown 943 pitches. He's more of a power pitcher with 63 strikeouts, compared to 36 for Tiedemann.

"This is the first year I've been able to go with just two pitchers like this," coach Ron Martin said.

Centennial, with a six-game winning streak, seeks to win the title outright today against Mount Hebron, one of only two teams to have beaten the Eagles. Centennial shared the title in 1997 with Mount Hebron and Atholton.

Scholar-athlete winners

Mount Hebron's Mia Molfino and Wilde Lake's Chris Yetter each won $2,000 as grand-prize winners in the 14th annual Columbia Rotary Club's Robert Davidson Scholar-Athlete Award competition.

Molfino earned 12 letters in cross country, basketball and track while maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. She's ranked No. 1 in her class. Her SAT score was 1,370.

She was first-team All-County in cross country three times, and will attend the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.

Yetter earned nine letters in football, indoor track and baseball while earning a 3.88 GPA. He ranks 17th in his class. His SAT score is 1,270. He's considering Catholic University, UMBC, St. Mary's and Salisbury State.

Yetter was first-team All-County in football his senior year and first-team All-County in baseball his sophomore and junior seasons. Winners of $500 runner-up scholarships were Neha Amin and Charles Lin, both of Centennial.

Vikings win golf title

Mount Hebron won the Howard County Golf Club at Turf Valley spring golf championship with a 20-1 record over runner-up Centennial, which finished 19-2.

Oakland Mills and Howard each finished tied for third at 12-9.

Pat Schaeffer was the medalist with 38 and became the first player in the club's history to shoot a hole-in-one during competition. It came on the par-3 seventh hole on the South Course on April 28. The club will conduct its individual championship, using 18-hole stroke play, at Turf Valley May 11.

The eight players who qualified are, in order: Mount Hebron's Scott Zielinski, Centennial's Sean LeDonne and Jimmy Evans, Oakland Mills' Scott Spranklin, Atholton's Bobby Steen, Centennial's Andy Eckart, River Hill's Matt Greene, and Mount Hebron's Matt Laun.

People

Offensive lineman Jay Greene (Wilde Lake) has been named a Shepherd College (W. Va.) football captain for the second straight season.

Taylor Fields (Centennial) broke the Allentown (Pa.) College record for lacrosse goals in a season with 28, eclipsing the old mark set by Matt Rooney (Centennial).

College choices: All-Metro wide receiver Thomas Browne of Oakland Mills will attend Salisbury State. Mount Hebron second-team All-County basketball player Joey Armstead will attend Swarthmore (Pa.) College. Wilde Lake's Ben Coffman, one of the county's top distance runners, will attend West Point. And Atholton pole vaulter Tony Pesce is headed to Clemson.

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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