Centennial overpowers No. 5 River Hill, 14-5

Eagles capitalize on 7 walks, 8 errors


April 16, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

A year ago, Jonathan Dupski was Centennial's No. 3 pitcher.

The Eagles' top two pitchers graduated, and Dupski is growing into the role of the No. 1 pitcher.

Yesterday at River Hill, the junior left-hander showed that he's well-equipped to lead the Eagles' staff by throwing a five-hit complete game and beating the fifth-ranked Hawks, 14-5.

The Eagles (4-4, 3-2 Howard County) handed the Hawks (5-2, 3-2) their second loss of the season by getting 11 hits, coaxing seven walks and a hit batter and taking advantage of eight River Hill errors.

They roughed up River Hill starting pitcher Kevin Marrie, who pitched 2 1/3 innings, allowed 10 runs, seven hits, four walks, hit a batter and did not strike out a batter while throwing 73 pitches.

Marrie, a 6-foot-5 right-hander who has signed with Coastal Carolina and is being scouted by pro teams, struggled with his command, but also was victimized by some untimely errors on an infield that produced numerous bad hops.

Centennial's Steve Seh hit Marrie hard, however, crushing two doubles and driving in three runs. A. J. Tinnirella, who went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, also had two hits off Marrie.

"Dupski is one of the top up-and-coming pitchers, and he has a lot of good guys around him that make the plays," said Tinnirella, a senior all-county shortstop. "We have a young team that feels like it is coming together."

Andrew Bechta, a senior all-county third baseman, had a single and walked twice against River Hill's starting pitcher, and Dupski hit a two-run single and walked with the bases loaded against Marrie.

"I've pitched against him [Marrie] in travel ball, but haven't beaten him in the recent past," said Dupski. "I've been off for a week, so my arm was fresh. My changeup was my most effective pitch today."

Dupski (2-1) was roughed up for four runs in the first inning on three walks and three hits, including a two-run single by Marrie and a two-run double by Wes McCoy. After that, Dupski allowed two hits and walked only two more batters.

"His [Dupski's] fastball was definitely tailing today," said McCoy. "We just didn't hit well. I think we were tired out from playing back-to-back games."

River Hill defeated West Deptford (N.J.) in the championship game of its spring break tournament immediately before the Centennial game, 12-3.

Nick Madiou had three hits and two RBIs, and Dave Walters had three hits and three RBIs. Walter had two doubles and a triple and Madiou two doubles. Hawks left-hander Mike Anton struck out eight in five innings.

Centennial, which lost to West Deptford Monday, defeated Oakland Mill, 10-0, yesterday in a consolation game.

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