Swiech, Hebron dispatch Centennial

Early-inning runs prove too much for No. 7 Eagles, 11-0

Baseball

High Schools

March 30, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Scoring early and often is a habit Mount Hebron coach Matt Forsyth would like his team to cultivate.

Yesterday at Mount Hebron the unranked Vikings (2-1 overall, 2-1 league) jumped on Centennial starting pitcher Brad Loveless for five runs in the first inning and six in the second inning on the way to an 11-0 victory against the seventh-ranked Eagles (2-1, 2-1). The battle of Ellicott City rivals ended after five innings because of the 10-run slaughter rule.

"They are the best hitting club I've seen and just flat-out outplayed us today," Centennial coach Mike Lerner said.

John Crow's two-run home run highlighted Mount Hebron's first inning. It was a towering shot crushed 30 feet over the right-field fence. Max Marcotic's single, Joe Michalski's double and Derok Roach's sacrifice fly scored the other three runs that inning. Nick Hoffner and Steve Sansone contributed with walks.

In the second inning, Marcotic hit another RBI single, Michalski walked with the bases loaded, Roach hit a two-run single and Crow hit a two-run single.

"I'm excited to see that out of [Crow]," Forsyth said. "This was the first time he's played the field since coming back off knee surgery. Marcotic started slow last season, but has been hitting rocket shots."

Left-handed Eagles relief pitcher Corey Rosenberg gave up the singles to Roach and Crow, the first two batters he faced. But he then finished the game without allowing another hit.

Nate Ochsner was scheduled to start for Centennial. "He wasn't here for personal reasons," Lerner said. "And he may be out a couple of more games."

Vikings starting pitcher Steve Swiech (1-1) went the distance, allowing five hits, striking out three and walking none.

Swiech dropped down and threw sidearm more than he normally does.

"I did drop down more today. My arm wasn't feeling that good before the game," Swiech said. "My curve worked the best it has in seven months."

Swiech, a senior left-hander, pitched out of jams in the first three innings. In both the first and second innings the Eagles advanced runners to third and second with one out. In the third inning the first two batters reached base.

"This was the first time we've been behind and we have to realize we need to work hard every day," Lerner said.

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