Atholton settles for 10-7 win

Hawks get to Rivers, but he hangs in for win


April 04, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Atholton's Vyt Rivers has pitched better. Much better.

His stats from yesterday's game against No. 4 River Hill attest to how much he struggled.

Rivers allowed 10 hits and seven runs, walked three and struck out only one.

But though the senior left-hander lacked good stuff, he made up for it with staying power, completing all six innings of a 10-7 Atholton victory in a game that was postponed from March 26 after one inning and picked up yesterday in the second inning. He threw 107 pitches.

"I didn't have much command of my fastball," he said. "I couldn't paint the corners. They hit my curveball, even though I thought it was decent. And I left the ball up in the strike zone too often."

River Hill's loss knocked the host Hawks (3-1 overall, 3-1 league) out of a tie for first place with Glenelg.

What saved Rivers and No. 10 Atholton (3-1, 3-1) was the even shakier pitching of River Hill.

The Hawks used three pitchers who gave up a total of nine hits, nine runs and four wild pitches in six innings. The Hawks entered yesterday's game trailing, 1-0, and had given up an additional hit and walk in the inning played March 26.

Kevin Marrie started yesterday for River Hill. With six scouts flashing radar guns on nearly every pitch, the 6-foot-5 right-hander wasn't at his best, even though he was throwing from 85 to 88 mph.

His stats for 3 2/3 innings were seven runs, six hits, six walks and three wild pitches.

In the second inning, he gave up a leadoff single to Fred Graham, two walks that loaded the bases and then threw two wild pitches that let runs score.

In the fourth inning, Marrie gave up another leadoff single to Graham and threw a wild pitch that allowed the runner to advance a base. Graham later scored on a passed ball.

In the fifth inning, Adam Grossman led off with an opposite-field home run off Marrie. Rivers and Graham each singled and Marrie walked three batters, including one with the bases loaded.

Atholton scored four times in that fifth inning for an 8-5 lead.

River Hill rallied for two runs in the bottom of the fifth, but great defensive plays by Atholton in the sixth inning wiped out a potential big inning.

Atholton right fielder Tommy Barker made a great running catch. After Rivers walked the next two batters, he started a 1-6-3 double play.

"They made the big defensive plays and we didn't," said Hawks coach Rick Lloyd.

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