Centennial, Glenelg tie, will play on

Baseball

High Schools

April 01, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

In a game filled with dramatic moments, Centennial sophomore Scott Swinson's RBI single in the top of the seventh stood out.

At the time, the visiting Eagles were down to their last out, and trailed No. 11-ranked Glenelg by one run but had a runner at second base.

Swinson banged a fastball to right field and tied the score as pinch runner Steve Czbaranek slid home, just beating the throw to the plate.

The game between co-defending county champions stayed tied at 1 through eight innings before it was called on account of darkness. It will be finished today at Glenelg.

"[Swinson] is a player," said Eagles coach Denis Ahearn. "There's a reason he's on varsity as a sophomore."

Swinson also pitched Centennial (4-0 overall, 4-0 league) out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh in relief of starter Todd Abict, and escaped another Glenelg threat created by a walk and an error in the eighth inning.

"On my hit I was just looking to make contact," Swinson said.

Abict, a senior left-hander, allowed one run in 6 1/3 innings. He gave up six hits, walked four and hit a batter against Glenelg (2-1, 2-1). He got big outs when he needed them, including back-to-back strikeouts with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Glenelg's Eric Hufnagel didn't expect to pitch 5 2/3 innings because Jeff Dulaney started the game. But Dulaney left after one inning because of a stiff back.

Hufnagel gave up five hits and one run, struck out six and walked two.

"Hufnagel threw a magnificent game," said Glenelg catcher J.P. Debrowski, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI. "He had good heat on his fastball, his curveball dropped right in the zone, and he hit his spots wherever I asked."

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