Long Reach has a winning feeling

Baseball team bests .500 for first time

Wilde Lake picks up in boys lacrosse

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May 08, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Long Reach is enjoying its first winning baseball season and even got to play the spoiler Monday against Atholton.

The Lightning (11-8, 10-7 Howard County) defeated the Raiders, 6-5, with a two-out, two-run rally in the last inning behind the complete-game 10-hit pitching of Josh Prozeralik.

The Raiders were tied for first place with Mount Hebron but were knocked a game behind with one game to play today.

"Our kids have been relentless all season," said Lightning coach Tim O'Brien. "We came back from 10 runs down to River Hill. We figure if we're close at the end, we've got you."

Atholton homered in each of the first three innings against Long Reach and led 5-3.

Atholton left-hander Vyt Rivers was pitching against a predominantly left-handed hitting lineup. And Rivers continued his torrid hitting by going 3-for-4 with a double and home run.

But sophomore designated hitter Scott Peddicord delivered the game-winning hit after a walk and two singles.

Wilde Lake's boys lacrosse team posted its first winning regular season since 1987 by defeating Old Mill yesterday, 12-9.

Wildecats coach Todd Thelen was an attackman on the last winning team, which went 9-3. "The kids have taken the program to another level this season," Thelen said.

This season's biggest highlight: three overtime victories in three days.

The Wildecats (7-6, 4-5 league) trailed Long Reach by a goal with five seconds to play on April 23 before Ken Lam tied it with one second to play. Wilde Lake went on to win in overtime, 12-11.

The next day Wilde Lake defeated Atholton, 9-8, in double overtime. Then on April 25, the Wildecats defeated Oakland Mills for the first time in two decades, 12-11.

Lions upset Cavs

Howard High's boys lacrosse program has come a long way in just two seasons under coach Wendell Thomas, and the Lions pulled off a major upset Monday - 13-11 over South Carroll.

South Carroll had defeated Oakland Mills, 11-5, and Glenelg, 10-4.

Howard goalie Brian Kusterer made 31 saves. Sophomore attackman Mike Moss scored six goals. Junior midfielder Phil Thomas, the coach's son, scored three goals and had five assists. Thomas has played well on faceoffs this season.

Another highlight was Howard's 13-12 comeback victory over Atholton. The Lions trailed 9-2 at halftime. Thomas had coached lacrosse at Atholton for 23 years and the game was played on his birthday. It was Howard's first league win in four seasons.

The Lions (4-9, 1-7 county) also won their own tournament by beating Towson Catholic and Chapelgate.

New mark for Zitnay

Atholton's Katie Zitnay broke the state softball record for career RBIs set by Taryn McDonald (Northern, '92-95) with 114. She got her 115th against Hammond yesterday.

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