River Hill outlasts Revelle, Atholton, wins in 8th, 5-3

Marquart's 2-run double breaks tie in extra innings

May 01, 2001|By Kevin Van Valkenburg | Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF

Atholton pitcher Matt Revelle had it all yesterday against River Hill: a nasty curve, a wicked slider and a rotten string of luck.

For seven innings, Revelle held the Hawks, one of the league's best hitting lineups, at bay. He gave up only four hits, struck out nine batters and walked only two. But River Hill, which has made a living off comebacks this season, made Revelle work overtime, scoring a run off an error in the seventh to force extra innings. Then the Hawks broke through with three runs in the eighth on the way to a 5-3 victory.

"We knew we could pull it out," said River Hill's Jeff Marquart, who had a two-run double in the eighth to break a 2-2 tie. "We'd been down a few games during the season and done it before, and that gave us the confidence to come back and score some runs."

Revelle's impressive performance nearly overshadowed a solid effort from his counterpart, River Hill Mike Anton. Just a sophomore in his fifth career start, Anton gave up only two runs over six innings, striking out five.

"We're fairly young this year," said River Hill coach Rick Lloyd. "We've got three sophomore pitchers that are seeing significant time for us and doing well. I like to think it looks good for us the future."

The present isn't bad either. River Hill, with the win, moved to 10-4 in the league, good enough for second place behind Hammond (13-1). The two teams will meet on Friday.

Atholton, which dropped to 7-7, got things started quickly in the first inning, as Doug Woods laced a two-out single into right field, scoring sophomore Vyt Rivers for the early 1-0 lead. River Hill tied things up in the second, but the Raiders answered back in the fifth, getting consecutive singles by James Conrad and Andy Lancos, then a double by Rivers that gave the Raiders the 2-1 lead that looked like it might be enough for the win.

But as the game wore on, and Revelle's pitch count got higher, River Hill started to solve his nasty curve. In the top of the seventh, Brian Heinz singled, then scored on a double by Andy Bednarczyk to tie the score."[Revelle's] pitched extremely well for us," said Atholton coach Kevin Kelly. "... We just didn't play great defense or get any clutch hits today. That was what hurt us."

In the eighth, the Hawks reached on two errors before Marquart's opposite-field double. Matt Cornelius picked up the win, pitching the final two innings in relief.

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