Centennial shuts out Mt. Hebron in semifinal

Fredrick's 3-hitter leads Eagles

Howard is upset

Baseball roundup

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

Steve Fredrick pitched a three-hit shutout, and Centennial defeated host Mount Hebron, 5-0, in a Class 2A South region semifinal yesterday.

The Eagles (18-5) will face Long Reach, an upset winner over Howard yesterday, in the championship game Friday at Centennial.

Fredrick (9-3) struck out five and walked one with an 80 mph fastball and didn't give up a hit until the fourth inning against the Vikings, a team that defeated Centennial twice this season.

"If this wasn't the best game I've pitched this season, it was close to it," Fredrick said. "The fastball was hitting the plate -- inside and outside corners. My curveball has been better but was good enough to keep them guessing. And I only threw two change-ups, but one of them got the game-inning double play."

FOR THE RECORD - In some of yesterday's editions, a Centennial High School baseball player was misidentified in a photograph. The player pictured was Shawn Cudzilo.
The Sun regrets the error.

Fredrick, throwing his eighth complete game and second shutout, kept the ball down and induced Mount Hebron into hitting almost all ground balls. Three outs were recorded on infield pop-ups, the rest on ground balls or strikeouts.

"We were overpowered by Fredrick," Mount Hebron coach Matt Forsyth said. "We couldn't catch up to his fastball. The first time we beat him, he was nowhere close to the pitcher he was today."

Centennial's infield was shaky, making four errors. That kind of defense harkened back to two earlier one-run losses to Mount Hebron (11-12) in which the Eagles allowed five unearned runs one time and six unearned runs another time.

"This was definitely a big win," Fredrick said.

Mike Martin went 3-for-4. Ryan Barwick was 2-for-4 with two RBI singles. Shawn Cudzilo hit a two-run single. And Matt Deuchler had an RBI single.

"He's thrown against us every game, so I've seen him a lot and felt confident," Martin said about his strong day at the plate. "We thought of today's game as just another team we have to get by, not as Mount Hebron the team that's beaten us twice."

Swiech intentionally walked Deuchler. And Cudzilo and Barwick followed with singles.

Long Reach 18, No. 10 Howard 12: Brandon Jones and Josh Siegert each homered to lead the Lightning (7-14) past the Lions in Class 2A South.

Glenelg 11, Oakland Mills 1: Brandon Robertson struck out seven and walked only one batter as the Gladiators (18-4) cruised past the Scorpions in Class 1A South. Jeff Starcher led Glenelg's offense by going 2-for-3 with a home run and three RBIs. Glenelg plays the winner of Hammond-Brunswick tomorrow.

Chesapeake-AA 2, No. 1 Arundel 0: Top-ranked Arundel was eliminated in a Class 4A East semifinal yesterday by 10-10 Chesapeake, which will face No. 17-ranked Glen Burnie, in its first region final, at 4 p.m. tomorrow.

St. Mary's 11, Chapelgate 8: With the Saints trailing by one -- 8-7 -- George Chmiel hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth to lift St. Mary's (17-3) over visiting Chapelgate in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference semifinal.

St. Mary's faces Gibbons in today's championship at 4 p.m. at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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