Grap powers Hebron over Long Reach

His 7 RBIs include 2 HRs in Vikings' 11-7 victory

Baseball

March 25, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Adam Grap hit two homers and drove in seven runs to power the defending county champions to a league-opening 11-7 victory over host Long Reach yesterday.

Long Reach, 8-6 losers to No. 2 Severna Park Saturday, knocked the Vikings out of the playoffs a year ago in the Class 3A East region semifinals with a 7-6, extra-inning victory.

Grap said that loss to Long Reach motivated him a little bit. "Not that much. I just wanted to get off to a good start," said Grap.

Grap didn't catch yesterday because of some tendinitis in his throwing shoulder, but he caught last summer for the Maryland Orioles, a team that won the NABF World Series in Michigan.

Both home runs came off Long Reach starting left-hander Ryan Pope. One was about 375 feet to left field and the other was about 330 feet to left.

"Both were on off-speed pitches," said Grap, who had his only homer last season off Pope.

Mount Hebron coach Matt Forsyth said: "Adam just hit the living daylights out of the ball. I'm glad to get Long Reach out of the way. I was nervous knowing that with their hitting they can pop back into a game at any time."

The Vikings scored three runs in each of the first three innings off Pope.

Grap had an RBI on a sacrifice fly in the first inning, a three-run homer in the second inning, and a two-run home run in the third inning. He drove in a run on a groundout in the fourth off Long Reach reliever Andrew Sinclair, who held Mount Hebron to two hits over the last four innings.

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