Hecker's arm, bat send Glen Burnie to final

His 10 strikeouts, 2 doubles defeat Roosevelt, 6-0

4A baseball

May 26, 1999|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Tim Hecker came to play at Northeast High in Pasadena last night and Glen Burnie is in its first state final in baseball since the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) tournament began in 1975.

A pumped-up Hecker pitched and batted the No. 12 Gophers (17-7) to a 6-0 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt of Prince George's County in the Class 4A state semifinals. Hecker (10-1) pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts and no walks, and hit two doubles.

Glen Burnie will represent Anne Arundel County in what will be the county's 18th 4A (formerly AA, largest schools) final in 25 years. Anne Arundel County has won more state championships in the 4A (12) than other Maryland county and more state titles overall(18) than any other.

Glen Burnie meets No. 15 Perry Hall (12-11), an 11-7 victor over Frederick in last night's first game at Northeast, at a time and day to be determined. The 4A final was scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Cannon Stadium, but Perry Hall has graduation. An agreement on when the game will be played will be reached this morning.

Last night, it was a unanimous agreement at Northeast.

The 700-plus fans and the Roosevelt coaching staff agreed that Hecker was outstanding.

"He dominated the game, " said Roosevelt coach Andrew Capece. "He's by the far the best team we have faced this season."

Hecker was superb with keen location, mostly down in the strike zone with his fast ball and curve. He threw 10 groundball outs and only one putout in the air was made, that a pop to first baseman Andy Bonn in the seventh.

"It was my best outing of the year," said Hecker. "I was pumped from the start. It doesn't get any better than this going to the state championship. I can't describe the feeling I have right now."

Hecker gave up a two-out infield hit (off his glove) to the Raiders' Carlton Bragg in the first inning, but proceeded to retire the next eight Raiders in a row before an error with one out in the fourth.

Roosevelt (18-4), ranked fourth by the Washington Post, got a double by Jeremy Monaldo with two outs in the fifth and single by Sal Fratanduono with two gone in the seventh for their only other baserunners.

Hecker ended it with his 10th strikeout of the game. He had started the Gophers in their first at-bat by doubling, and his courtesy runner, Jeff Kellner, came home on Chris Grogan's single.

Catcher Matt Smith then scored Grogan with his first of two RBI singles for a 2-0 lead.

The Gophers added a third run in the second on an infield hit and stolen base by Greg Hammack, who came home when Hecker's ground shot went through the legs of the Roosevelt second baseman.

Smith singled in the fourth run in the third and then scored from second on a fielder's choice to shortstop by Andy Bonn. Tom Brand singled in the last Gophers run in the sixth.

"I can't ask for any more out of these guys and the way they are playing right now, " said Sider.

Athletes of week

The Sun's Athletes of the Week will be published tomorrow. Nominations for the school year's final two selections, to be published next week, can be made Sunday between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. at 410-332-6200 or 1-800-829-8000, ext. 6200.

Pub Date: 5/26/99

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