Schwartz lifts Hammond, 10-0

Pain in past, pitcher shuts out Centennial High Schools

Regional Baseball

High Schools

May 18, 2000|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Kevin Schwartz had not pitched in almost two weeks since coming down with a sore arm against River Hill.

But he bounced back strongly yesterday to throw a two-hitter as No. 7 Hammond defeated No. 15 Centennial, 10-0, in the Class 2A South Region semifinals.

The Bears (18-4) will play the winner of yesterday's Lackey/Surrattsville game in tomorrow's championship.

"This was by far my best game," Schwartz said. "You name it, and it was working for me - fastball, curveball, slider. I had tons of confidence."

Schwartz (9-0), who tied the school record for most victories, struck out six, walked none and faced just two batters over the minimum. One of the hits was an infield variety with two outs in the last inning of the five-inning game.

"He had an inflamed interior deltoid muscle in his shoulder," Hammond coach Bob Maxey said. "We treated it with ice and rest."

Schwartz, who threw just 68 pitches, said his shoulder no longer hurt.

His teammates provided plenty of early run support with three runs in the first inning. Jason Harriman walked to lead off. Pat Fields was hit by a pitch thrown by Nate Ochsner. They moved up on a wild pitch. And Jason Maxey singled them home. Adam Heffron singled home Maxey.

The Bears added five runs in the third inning. Maxey led off with a single but was thrown out attempting to steal. Brian Brewer walked. Heffron was hit by a pitch. Schwartz singled home a run. Peter Serpico singled home two runs. Phil Pinkham walked. John Skojec sacrificed with a bunt. Harriman and Fields each singled in runs.

Hammond's last regional title was in 1993 and they lost in the regional final in 1997. They lost in the state finals in 1991.

Centennial (14-7), which upset Mount Hebron Monday, may have experienced a letdown yesterday.

"I don't want to say that because it would take away from a quality Hammond team," Lerner said. "But I had warned them about a possible letdown."

Glenelg 13, Boonsboro 3: The Gladiators (15-6) unleashed a 15-hit attack to win a Class 1A South Region semifinal contest and advance to tomorrow's championship game against Brunswick.

Jason Weszka, Rob LaHayne and Kevin Ganascioli each had two hits and Brian Hollrah hit his sixth home run.

Chris Bowen pitched the first two innings and Ross Hempel (3-0) finished the five-inning contest at Glenelg.

River Hill 6, Annapolis 3: River Hill's Jack Campbell (2-2) pitched a three-hitter through six innings and Arin Gelletly got the save the Hawks (10-10) advanced to the East Region Class 3A finals.

Doug Dieringer hit a two-run homer, Gelletly hit a bases-empty homer and Brad Kimball hit two doubles to pace the offense at River Hill.

The Hawks will play Northeast Friday night at Northeast for the championship.

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