Centennial upsets No. 12 Glenelg

Eagles' 11-4 win knocks Glads out of first-place tie

Baseball

High Schools

April 24, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial's Andrew Bechta hardly looked like someone making his second high school pitching start yesterday.

The senior All-County third baseman had never pitched until last summer, but lasted 5 1/3 innings and shut down league-leading Glenelg on three hits and four runs - only two of them earned.

His effort allowed the host Eagles to defeat No. 12-ranked Glenelg, 11-4, knocking the Gladiators (8-2 overall, 5-2 league) out of a first-place tie with Mount Hebron (8-1, 5-1).

Centennial (6-4, 5-2) pulled into a tie for second place with Glenelg. Atholton (9-4, 7-3) is in fourth place.

"He [Bechta] had command of his pitches," Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher said. "We took too many strikes and left too many men on base. That's a whole lot different team [Centennial] than we saw at the beginning of the season."

Centennial lost three of its first four games, including a 5-3 decision to Glenelg to start the season. The Eagles beat Atholton on Tuesday, 7-3, and have won five of their past six games.

Glenelg was unable to get a well-pitched game yesterday. Centennial had 10 hits, eight walks and two hit batters off four Gladiators pitchers.

"We're hitting in clutch situations now," said Bechta, who had one RBI single in a four-run third inning and another RBI single in a seven-run sixth inning. "My curveball wasn't working early in the game, but as I got tired, it started working."

That happened in the fourth inning, and he immediately started striking out batters. He had no strikeouts through the first three innings and five through the next 2 2/3 .

Glenelg left the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth innings.

Pinch hitter Kevin Furlough had a RBI single to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the sixth inning. But Centennial scored seven runs on three hits, four walks, a hit batter and an error in the bottom of the sixth inning.

A. J. Tinnerella drove in the game-winning run with a single.

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 11, Riverdale Baptist 1: Jeff Poff's grand slam highlighted a 10-run fifth inning, and Mount St. Joseph went on to win the Frederick Tournament over Riverdale Baptist, Washington's No. 1 team.

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