Glenelg gets helping hand in victory over Centennial

Baseball

April 09, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg did not expect pitching help from Idaho this season.

With the relocation of Aaron Maynard's family from Idaho to Maryland, however, the No. 8 Gladiators are getting it.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Maynard entered yesterday's thriller at Centennial with the bases loaded and no outs, and Glenelg clinging to a 2-1 lead over the No. 6 Eagles.

He induced J.L. Feeley to pop out, tagged out a sliding Centennial runner at the plate on catcher Ron LaHayne's throw following a passed ball, and struck out Centennial clean-up batter Andrew Bechta to preserve the 2-1 victory.

All with a smile.

Maynard, called "Idaho" by his teammates, grinned ear to ear as he faced Bechta.

"He [Bechta] was staring me down, so I just smiled at him," Bechta said. "I knew I could get the job done."

He's been getting the job done all season. The senior is 1-0 with two saves for the Gladiators (5-2 overall, 3-2 league).

"My fastball was moving good, and my curve was good enough to fool them," he said.

Maynard saved the game for starter Ross Hempel (4-1), who outdueled Richmond-bound Brad Loveless . Hempel also defeated Loveless last season, 2-0, so he's two up on his highly recruited opponent.

Hempel allowed six hits, struck out eight and walked none in six innings plus one batter. Loveless allowed four hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings.

Loveless (2-2) hurt himself in the fourth inning when he hit leadoff batter Rob LaHayne in the elbow on an 0-2 count. Pinch runner Randy Gardner stole second base, moved to third on a groundout and scored on a wild pitch.

Loveless also walked leadoff batter Brandon Maddox in the sixth inning, and Maddox eventually scored the winning run on LaHayne's swinging bunt down the third-base line.

Billy Brudis led off the seventh for the Eagles (4-3, 2-3) with a single. Reliever Mike Corona replaced Hempel.

Corona walked Howie Carolan, gave up a single to Greg Palacorolla and walked Ben Townsend, forcing in Centennial's only run.

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