As Chell maintains routine, Hebron keeps on winning

Junior caps stellar week, homers vs. Wilde Lake, 5-2


March 27, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Derek Chell epitomizes the superstitious baseball player.

"I always wear the same batting helmet, always wear a cross under my jersey, and I always follow the same warm-up before hitting," Chell said.

Yesterday, the junior met with the same success, too.

All he did in a 5-2 victory over guest Wilde Lake was hit a home run and a two-run double, get three assists and play flawlessly at third base.

Wednesday against defending Howard County tri-champ River Hill, he hit a home run, two doubles and had six RBIs. And Monday against defending county tri-champ and No. 7 Glenelg, he went 1-for-3.

"I'm loving it," said Chell, who played JV last season.

Mount Hebron (3-0 overall, 3-0 league) has won two of the past four county titles and returned eight starters this season. But the Vikings are without last year's top pitcher, Jeff Carr, who is out for the season because of offseason Tommy John surgery.

Senior right-hander Jordan Moore (2-0) has picked up the slack, however, and had a pretty impressive week himself.

In addition to pitching six innings yesterday (six hits, two runs, seven strikeouts, three walks), he threw a two-hitter against Glenelg in a 3-2 victory.

"I was still not recovered from Monday," said Moore, who threw 108 pitches against Glenelg. "That's why it was hard for me to get ahead in the count today. But my fastball was good."

He was helped out by Wilde Lake's poor base running.

"We made seven critical mistakes today and four of them were base running," said Wildecats coach Don Storr, whose senior-dominated team expects to challenge for the county title.

Two mistakes were glaring. Wilde Lake (1-2) ended up with two runners at third base in the first inning, which stopped a rally after one was thrown out at the plate. And a Wildecat overran second base in the sixth inning to halt another rally.

"This is the most dedicated team I've ever coached," said Mount Hebron coach Matt Forsyth. "About 15 guys got together on their own four weeks before the season started and worked out once a week ... They take it so seriously in the offseason that it makes my job easy.

"But we're still not yet clicking on all cylinders, so it feels good to be winning knowing you're not playing your best."

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