Dupski, Centennial leave Glenelg doubled over


High Schools

May 05, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Glenelg swallowed a double dose of Dupski yesterday, and it was not a pleasant medicine.

Eighth-ranked Centennial scored a pair of 2-1 victories over the No. 6 Gladiators, and clinched at least a tie for its second straight county title.

The Eagles (15-3 overall, 14-1 league) finish their regular season by playing at Hammond today and hosting Mount Hebron on Friday, and need one more win to take the title outright. They shared it with Glenelg and River Hill last season.

Centennial soared on the left arm of senior pitcher Jonathan Dupski, who earned the victory in both games.

"He is all-around excellent," Eagles coach Denis Ahearn said of Dupski.

The first game lasted one inning. It was the completion of a March 31 eight-inning suspended contest that was tied 1-1.

Centennial scored one run in the top of the ninth on a single by Dan Shillingburg and a double by Dupski, who then didn't allow Glenelg a hit in the bottom of the inning.

Then Dupski (7-1) threw a complete-game four-hitter that included five strikeouts and no walks in the second game.

"My arm is tired, but I sort of got a second wind late in the second game," Dupski said. "All my pitches were working."

Glenelg (11-5, 10-3) scored an unearned run in the first inning off Dupski, so he still has not allowed an earned run in seven starts and 37 innings against county teams.

Centennial scored twice in the fourth inning off Glenelg starter Jeff Dulaney, who pitched a two-hitter and struck out six.

Alex Bechta hit a leadoff double, and Steve Seh drove him home with a game-tying single. Seh stole second base. Dulaney struck out the next two batters.

But after the second strikeout, Glenelg's catcher rolled the ball out to the mound thinking it was the third out, and Glenelg's team ran off the field as Seh went to third base.

That mistake proved critical when Seh later scored the winning run on a wild pitch.

"This was the biggest day of our season," Seh said. "After we got that first win, we were on an emotional high, and it was great to have that momentum."

No. 7 Archbishop Spalding 2, No. 15 St. Paul's 1: In a matchup of two of the metro area's top pitchers, Andrew Germuth of the visiting Cavaliers (17-6, 11-3 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) out-dueled Steve Johnson of the Crusaders (17-11, 7-6).

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