Dupski, Centennial top Mt. Hebron, 4-2

Left-hander's two-hitter, Harclerode's 2-run HR leave Eagles 10-0 in county

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April 28, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial's baseball team has a nice blend of veterans and rookies - the Eagles start three freshmen.

And in yesterday's critical game at Mount Hebron, that blend produced the same satisfying results the Howard County league-leading Eagles have been getting all season.

No. 12-ranked Centennial defeated the No. 10 Vikings, 4-2, behind senior left-hander Jonathan Dupski's two-hitter and a two-run home run by freshman Austin Harclerode.

The win left Centennial (11-2 overall, 10-0 county) undefeated in the league and in front of second-place Glenelg (8-3, 7-1) and third-place Mount Hebron (9-3, 7-3).

"I'm not surprised he hit the home run," said Dupski, who gave up two unearned runs, and now hasn't allowed an earned run in 30 innings as a starter against county competition. "He's been hitting well all season."

Harclerode's hit followed a leadoff single by sophomore shortstop Scott Swinson during a three-run second inning. Freshman Alex Bechta drove in the third run on a fielder's choice following singles by freshman Owen Dresser and senior Mike Lance.

"I had an 0-2 count and was expecting a curveball," said Harclerode, whose opposite-field shot cleared the right-field fence. "But he threw me a fastball inside, right where I can hit it. I was pretty excited being a freshman and getting my first home run. It's cool hanging out with these older guys."

Mount Hebron starter Jonathan Raglin (3-1) pitched a complete game, allowing 10 hits and four runs.

"If I have to lose to anyone I'd rather it be to him [Dupski]," said Raglin. "I've played baseball with him since the fourth grade, and we're roommates on the Columbia Reds during summer ball."

Dupski improved his record to 5-1. His lone loss was to a New York team.

"I relied mainly on my fastball and changeup and tried to hit spots," said Dupski. "My catcher, Dan Schillingburg, mixed up the pitches well and the defense was flawless. This was our biggest rival - cross Rte. 40 - so it was an important game to win. They were also ranked ahead of us, and we'd like to go ahead of them."

Dupski faced the minimum number of batters through four innings and had a no-hitter going. But he walked Jeff Carr to start the fifth. After retiring the next two batters, Kevin Lambert hit a single into left field and reached second base on an error by the outfielder.

Dupski fielded a slow chopper down the third base line and threw wildly to first, allowing two runs to score.

The only other hit he allowed was a two-out single to Jordan Moore in the seventh inning.

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