No. 12 Atholton stops River Hill cold, 13-4

Rivers stays hot, helping Raiders produce 13 hits

Baseball

April 30, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Not even the weather could cool off the hottest bats in the county yesterday.

With players shivering and pitchers struggling to grip the baseball, the visiting Atholton Raiders banged out 13 hits to defeat River Hill, 13-4.

The victory kept the No. 12 Raiders (11-4, 9-4 league) in second place, two games behind league-leading Mount Hebron with five games remaining.

In the past five games, Atholton has outscored its opposition 60-10.

"We're becoming more aggressive and getting on the first good pitch," said Vyt Rivers, who went 3-for-5 with three RBIs. He was coming off a week in which he went 8-for-9 with four doubles, a home run and 12 RBIs.

"I usually get off to a slow start, but just this past week I'm into a hot streak," Rivers said.

Joining him yesterday was Steve Merson, who entered the game batting .425 and went 4-for-5. "He has been hot all season," Rivers said.

Tom Newcomb also went 2-for-4 with a walk for the Raiders.

Atholton's five-game offensive outbreak ended a streak of three straight losses in which the Raiders scored a total of four runs.

The plethora of runs is appreciated by pitcher Matt Revelle, who raised his record to 7-1 with yesterday's effort.

He allowed five hits and four runs in six innings before Joel Krueger pitched a scoreless seventh inning. Only two of Revelle's runs were earned. Revelle struck out five and walked two.

Revelle's only loss was a 2-1 decision to Howard on April 12.

"I struggled with my control early, but battled through and got the win," said Revelle. "I had a good breaking ball. Hitting is contagious. And we're having a big inning every game."

The game started with a bang for Atholton. The Raiders scored nine runs in the first inning on four hits, three walks and three hit batters.

River Hill starting pitcher Mike Anton didn't last through the first inning before being relieved by Ben Trapuzzano.

"Anton is a good pitcher," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "It was just a tough day to throw. Hard to grip the curve."

Atholton was issued nine walks and had a total of 25 base runners.

The Raiders had a hit in every inning and three hits in the seventh inning when they tacked on three more runs. Rivers hit a two-run single in that inning.

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