2-run rally leads Glenelg past Howard

Centennial allows 3 hits, routs Long Reach, 12-1

Baseball

High Schools

March 31, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Brian Hollrah's game-winning bases-empty home run capped a two-run last-inning rally that catapulted Glenelg over Howard yesterday, 5-4.

The win left the unranked Gladiators (4-0) in sole possession of first place in the county. The loss was No. 8-ranked Howard's first after three victories.

Jason Weszka led off the final inning with a double against reliever Brian Holley. Weszka reached third base on a one-out balk, and scored on a groundout to tie the score.

Tony King, a 10-game winner last season, started for Howard and pitched five innings, allowing four hits, walking six and striking out eight.

Glenelg, which trailed 4-0 in the fourth inning, relied on a solid defense and a trio of young pitchers -- sophomores Ryan Barnoski and Ross Hempel, and freshman Kevin Ganascioli -- to escape base-loaded jams three times. The Gladiators turned two double plays.

Hollrah was 3-for-3 with a double and a home run.

"We showed some character today," Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher said.

Centennial 12, Long Reach 1: Centennial's Ryan Barwick ended a five-inning mercy-rule game with a three-run homer to left field, and Brian Neidig threw a three-hitter as the Eagles routed Long Reach.

The game, postponed by rain since Monday, picked up in the fourth inning with the score tied at 1.

The Eagles used two hits and two walks to push across three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning off Long Reach reliever Bob Helman. Phil Down hit a two-run single and Bobby Brudis' groundout scored a run.

No. 7-ranked Centennial (3-1, 3-1) then scored eight runs in the fifth inning.

"Centennial was poised, patient and disciplined and bounced back well from yesterday's hard loss to Mount Hebron," Long Reach coach Tim O'Brien said. "We started pressing and got into a negative spiral."

Helman, a left-hander, was making his second appearance this season after pitching three shutout innings against River Hill.

"[Helman] didn't have his control, so I was waiting on his fastball," Barwick said.

Neidig struck out seven and walked one. "I was getting them to chase outside pitches," he said.

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