Centennial wins title in baseball

Hebron tops L. Reach, 1-0, as softball streak hits 15


High Schools

May 06, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Almost everyone in Centennial's lineup contributed offensively yesterday to the clinching of an outright Howard County baseball championship in a 7-5 victory over Hammond.

Seven players had at least one hit and six had an RBI as the eighth-ranked Eagles won their second straight title.

With just one regular-season game to play tomorrow against Mount Hebron, Centennial coach Denis Ahearn told his team not to let down, that a whole new season would begin next week with the playoffs.

Visiting Centennial (16-3 overall, 15-1 league) started strongly with a three-run first inning that featured a two-run double by Jonathan Dupski and an RBI single by Scott Swinson.

But Hammond (7-10, 6-9) came back in the bottom of the inning on a two-run home run by Steve Regan, his seventh of the season.

Alex Bechta hit an RBI single in the fifth inning for Centennial, and the Eagles went up 7-2 with a three-run sixth inning that included an RBI single by Mike Lance and a two-run single by Dan Shillingburg.

Hammond loaded the bases with less than two outs but didn't score in the third, fourth and fifth innings.

Double plays started by second baseman Lance in the fifth and sixth innings bailed out relief pitcher Brian Bauder.


No. 15 Mount Hebron 1, Long Reach 0: Karen Kreis knew exactly where to expect the pitch from Lightning right-hander Amy Guyton.

"Low and outside," said Kreis, a left-handed batter. "She had been throwing me low and outside all day, and I hadn't done anything with it."

Kreis' instincts proved correct. Guyton's first offering crossed low over the right edge of home plate, and Kreis laced the ball to left field to drive in Kate Schoenen in the bottom of the seventh inning and lift the Vikings over the visiting Lightning.

Kreis, a senior pitcher, was critical on the mound, too, as she scattered five hits and struck out five to improve to 12-1.

Thanks to Kreis and Schoenen - both of whom accounted for all four of Mount Hebron's hits - the Vikings won their 15th straight game and remained a full game ahead of Glenelg in the race for the county championship.

Mount Hebron raised its record to 15-1 overall and 14-1 in the league. The Gladiators, who defeated Reservoir by 13-0 yesterday, improved to 13-4 overall and 13-1 in the county.

The Lightning's loss - its first in the past six games - spoiled a solid outing by Guyton (9-4), who struck out three and allowed only two Vikings to reach second base.

Guyton also blasted two doubles off Kreis, but Long Reach (10-4, 10-4) left six runners on base.

"We didn't hit in pressure situations," said Lightning coach Chuck Struhar.

Mount Hebron's rally began when Schoenen hit a one-out single down the left-field line.

On sophomore Guyton's ensuing pitch to Stacey Carroll, Schoenen took off for second. But rather than slide around sophomore shortstop Kelly Filipowicz and slip off the bag like she did in the bottom of the first inning, Schoenen elected to slide directly into Filipowicz's tag.

Her slide dislodged the ball from Filipowicz's glove, and Schoenen stood safely on second.

After Carroll lined out, Kreis hit the winning single.

Sun staff writer Edward Lee contributed to this article.

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