Glenelg's five homers overpower Kent, 14-5

Rice's pair lead barrage

Williamsport up in fina

1A baseball

May 26, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

FREDERICK -- The defending state champion Glenelg Gladiators slugged five home runs to defeat Kent, 14-5, in Class 1A State semifinal at McCurdy Field last night.

The Gladiators (20-4) will play Williamsport for the state title Saturday at noon at Joe Cannon Stadium.

Mike Rice led the longball barrage with two homers and Jeff Starcher, John Huges and Rob LaHahne each slugged one.

"We haven't hit like that all year," Rice said.

Glenelg pounded three of those in the fourth inning when the Gladiators scored five times. "We left a couple of balls up and they hit them," Kent coach Doug Walters said. "No one's really hit us like that all season."

Rice went 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Hughes had three hits and four RBIs. Starcher had three hits and a walk and scored four times.

"We were hoping to get up and stay up," Hughes said.

Starcher pitched the first four innings and allowed four hits, four runs, struck out seven and walked five. Control problems in the third inning led to three unearned Kent runs. Starcher walked three and one runner reached first base after striking out for what would have been the third out with the bases loaded.

Kent's top hitter Mike Spry, who entered the game batting .725 with seven home runs, was held hitless. He walked three times, twice with two men on base.

"We didn't pitch around him but we didn't want him to beat us," Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher said. "We hit well in the batting cage this week so we thought we'd hit today. And that six-run last inning against Brunswick last Friday just carried through."

Glenelg started off fast with a leadoff single by Brandon Robertson followed by Starcher's home run in the first inning. Two walks and an RBI single by Hughes accounted for a third first-inning run. Glenelg added a run in the second inning on a double by Starcher, who went to third on a groundout and scored on an alert base-running play after a wild pitch that rolled only six feet away from the plate.

Sophomore right-hander J.T. Smart pitched the final three innings allowing one run, three hits and striking out four.

Pub Date: 5/26/99

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