Mount Hebron stays hot with 4-3 win over Atholton

Grap's game-winning hit, 2-run homer pace offense


March 29, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron designated hitter Adam Grap completed an amazing week at the plate by slugging a two-run, first-inning home run and a game-winning single that beat defending 2A state champion Atholton yesterday, 4-3.

Mount Hebron's 6-foot-2 junior right-hander Jonathan Raglin survived a three-run first inning to pick up his second win of the week with a complete-game six-hitter.

Grap's decisive hit handed No. 8 Atholton (2-1 overall, 2-1 league) its first loss.

"I hit a curveball," Grap said. "I was just looking for a base hit."

Grap had 13 RBIs in three games this week and batted .500 (5-for-10). Three of those hits were home runs for the senior, who has signed with Stetson University in Fla., after playing last summer for the Maryland Orioles, the National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series champs.

"The people in front of me have been doing a good job of getting on base," said Grap, who bats third.

Vikings leadoff hitter Andrew Hoffner hit two singles, one of them in the seventh inning to deep center field. Ricky Choi, batting No. 2, walked, doubled and had a sacrifice bunt.

Mount Hebron (3-0, 2-0), the defending Howard County champion, is off to a fast start with victories over Long Reach, South River and Atholton.

The Vikings beat Vyt Rivers, one of the county's top pitchers. Rivers, who struggled with his control even though he walked just two, gave up three earned runs and seven hits. His leadoff walk to Chris Hollenback in the seventh came around to score.

Raglin got good defensive support with a diving catch by right fielder Mike Michalski in the sixth inning and a difficult juggling catch by shortstop Hollenbach down the third-base line in the seventh. Hollenback also started a double play in the seventh.

Raglin started a double play off a line drive at his head by Joel Krueger in the third inning.

Raglin walked three in the first inning, gave up a double to James Conrad, a single by Rivers and a sacrifice fly by Noah Smith. That three-run inning ended after an Atholton runner was called out for leaving second base too soon on the sacrifice fly.

"I had trouble finding my mechanics early," Raglin said. "The ump had a low strike zone."

After throwing 28 pitches in the first inning, Raglin never threw more than 13 in an inning the rest of the way.

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