Glenelg has power run in beating Mt. Hebron

Storm-shortened game goes Gladiators' way, 9-5


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April 24, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg's bats suddenly came to life yesterday.

After struggling offensively for most of the season, the Gladiators came up with five doubles and a home run in a thunderstorm-shortened 9-5 victory over host Mount Hebron.

The win enabled Glenelg (6-3 overall, 6-1 league) to take over second place in the Howard County standings behind Centennial (10-2, 9-0). No. 9 Mount Hebron (10-2, 7-2) fell to third.

"It's been a long time since we hit the ball as hard as we did today," said Gladiators coach Tom Thrasher. "We've been working a lot on hitting the ball to the opposite field and it finally paid off today. This was a huge win in terms of what we want to do in the county."

Glenelg got five hits and scored six runs in the second inning, chasing Vikings starter Jordan Moore.

"Moore had trouble getting his curve over, and we just sat on the fastball," said Thrasher.

In the second inning, John Tringali started Glenelg's rally with a one-out double. Jeremy Tosh walked. John D'Angelo hit an RBI single and Roger Leonhart a two-run double.

Mike Zajac then walked and Tim Siders hit a two-run double. Seth Michael drove in a sixth run with a squeeze-bunt single off reliever Kevin Cooke.

Siders hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning as Glenelg added three runs for a 9-4 lead.

"That's as hard as Timmy has hit the ball all season," said Thrasher. "He was robbed of another hit in the fifth inning on a great catch by their third baseman [Moore]."

Zajac and Dan Tosh each doubled in the fourth inning.

Glenelg scored four more runs in the top of the sixth, but that inning was erased after thunder and lightning stopped the action and rain eventually led the umpires to call the game.

Andrew Hoffner hit a double and a homer for Mount Hebron. Tony Cipro hit a three-run double for the Vikings.

"Glenelg is a disciplined team that is not going to strike out much," said Vikings coach Matt Forsyth. "They put it in play and don't try to pull it."

Mount Hebron is averaging about nine runs per game, so Thrasher said his team didn't relax after going up 6-1.

"Hebron kept coming back," said Thrasher. "That Hoffner kid is a really good player."

Mike Corona pitched all five innings for Glenelg to improve his record to 3-0.

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