Last summer, Atholton's Matt Revelle pitched for the Columbia Reds Under-16 team that won the Dizzy Dean World Series in Mississippi. He won the tournament's most valuable player award.
Revelle showed some of that form against No. 6-ranked Glenelg yesterday, striking out 13 batters and allowing just four hits in a complete-game, 7-0 win at Atholton.
Every batter in Glenelg's lineup struck out at least once. Four of them struck out twice.
Revelle's key pitch was his fastball, which can reach 87 mph. He moved it in and out, up and down.
But Revelle, a senior right-hander playing his third varsity season, was especially effective at finding the outside corner and freezing Glenelg's hitters, four of whom were caught looking at third strikes.
Glenelg (3-1 overall, 1-1 league) was late arriving because of bus complications, forcing a 35-minute delay. And Revelle was a little slow starting, too. He didn't strike out his first batter until the second inning.
"I was pacing in the dugout waiting for them to get here," he said. "It took me time to find my rhythm. This was not my usual game. You won't see me throw as many fastballs."
His curveball and changeup lacked effectiveness.
"Can you imagine how many he would have struck out if he had had command of his curve?" Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher asked.
Revelle threw 106 pitches in his second complete game this season. He walked only two and raised his record to 3-0.
"He had command of his fastball and was around the plate all day," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "Glenelg is a good-hitting team, so this is a nice win."
Both teams were coming off big weekends. Atholton won the Francis Scott Key tournament and Glenelg took the C. Milton Wright tournament.
"We were looking beyond that tournament," Revelle said. "This game has been our focus all spring. And our whole team had total focus today."
Atholton (4-1, 1-1) didn't score against Glenelg starter Ross Hempel until the fourth inning, pushing a run across on a single by Tom Newcomb and a pair of errors.
The Raiders added another run in the fifth inning on a walk by Chris Trigger, a single by Nick Wilson and an RBI single by Steve Merson.
Atholton broke the game open with a five-run sixth inning. Trigger drove in two runs with a single, and James Conrad and Vyt Rivers each had RBI singles. The fifth run scored on an error.
Hempel (2-1) lost for the first time in two years. The senior right-hander was 6-0 last season.
"He threw pretty well, but our bats are coming around," said Merson.
Merson and Newcomb both were 2-for-4, and everyone in Atholton's lineup had at least one hit.