Bel Air earns berth in UCBAC title game

Eliason again too much for C.M. Wright in 13-2 win


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May 07, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

For the second time in a six-day span, the combination of Jorgen Eliason's left arm and the Bel Air bats were too much for the C. Milton Wright baseball team to overcome.

Eliason pitched six solid innings and hit one of two Bobcats home runs as No. 9 Bel Air defeated host and 10th-ranked C. Milton Wright, 13-2, in six innings yesterday to clinch a spot in next week's Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship game.

With only one league game remaining, Bel Air (11-4, 9-2), which saw an eight-game winning streak end in a lightning-shortened nonleague loss to Havre de Grace on Wednesday, is a game ahead of the Mustangs (13-4, 8-3) in the Chesapeake Division.

Since the Bobcats hold the head-to-head tiebreaker edge over the Mustangs by virtue of yesterday's win and last Friday's 5-3 victory, Bel Air earned a spot in Wednesday's UCBAC championship game, against Harford Tech, the Susquehanna Division winner.

"It's huge for us, especially the seniors," said senior first baseman Brett Spivey, who went 3-for-4 yesterday with a double, a triple and three RBIs. "Beating Fallston twice, C. Milton twice - all in the same season - you can't beat that."

Bel Air accumulated 11 hits off three C. Milton Wright pitchers, putting the 10-run rule into effect after a seven-run sixth inning.

Junior center fielder Andrew Berry was 2-for-3 with a two-run homer in the first inning, right fielder Dan Blewett was 2-for-4 with a two-run triple and left fielder Adam Berry was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

With the Bobcats leading 4-2 in the top of the fifth, Eliason lined a fastball from Mustangs starter John Thurston over the right-field fence, for a two-run home run.

"Thurston was trying to muscle up and throw the fast ball by everybody, so I was ready for it," Eliason said.

On the mound, Eliason scattered six hits and three walks and struck out four to get the victory. The Mustangs got their only runs in the second on Steve Flaherty's two-run single.

"This run we've been on, we've been hitting everything," Bobcats coach John Swanson said, "and hitting and good pitching is what works."

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