Title is no problem for Chesapeake-AA

No. 1 Cougars easily top Glenelg and Atholton in C.M. Wright tourney

Baseball

High Schools

April 11, 2004|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Top-ranked Chesapeake of Anne Arundel rolled through Howard County via Harford County yesterday in high school baseball.

The Cougars routed No. 11 Glenelg, 12-2, and Atholton, 8-2, both Howard County teams, to win the C. Milton Wright Tournament in Harford.

Host and No. 15-ranked C. Milton Wright (7-1) won the consolation game, 3-0, over Glenelg (2-3) after losing its first game of the season, 7-6, to young Atholton (4-3).

Freshman shortstop Steve Lombardozzi, the son of the former Minnesota Twins infielder of the same name, put down a suicide squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh to put Atholton in the final.

Junior left-hander Mike Roberts pitched a two-hitter for the Mustangs, striking out 12 and walking only one in the consolation. Brian Ford knocked in all three runs, two on a homer in the bottom of the sixth.

The Mustangs' John Thurston went 6-for-7 with a triple in the doubleheader.

Left-handers Jake Shibilsky and Tom Schlein each went the distance for Chesapeake (7-0), being well supported by 12-hit attacks in each game.

"We've been waiting on our hitting, because our pitching has been outstanding" said Chesapeake coach Jim Simms, who said the only negative was the loss of shortstop Josh Schreiner in the second inning of the first game.

Schreiner reinjured his right knee, a knee that was rehabilitated in the offseason.

"Josh hurt it the same way he did last year, running to first, and we're hoping and praying it's going to be okay," said Simms. Schreiner was scheduled to have the knee checked last night.

Shibilsky and Schlein are now each 3-0 for the Cougars, who are ranked No. 1 in baseball for the first time in school history.

Shibilsky pitched a four- hitter with four strikeouts and one walk to deal defending champion Glenelg its first loss in the tournament since it began in 1998.

Chesapeake third baseman Cameron Loeschke's third hit of the game drove in the last two of his three RBIs. It came in a five-run sixth that ended the game by the 10-run mercy rule.

Center fielder Chris Majerowicz had two hits and an RBI in the Cougars' first game, and added two hits, inclu-ing a triple, in the final.

"We had difficulty getting the second pitch over for a strike against a very good hitting team, and their guy [Shibilsky] was throwing strikes, " said Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher who used three pitchers.

Catcher J.P. Debrowski had a double and did a good job behind the plate for Glenelg, and Seth Michael had two infield hits.

Schlein stole the show in the title game, pitching a two-hitter and hitting a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to seal the verdict.

"The home run capped things off for me, " said Schlein, a senior who rotates at first base with Shibilsky.

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