Eliason, Bel Air bounce Harford Tech, 7-2

He strikes out 11, blasts 3-run homer for Bobcats

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May 13, 2004|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Neither a six-day layoff nor upstart Harford Tech could cool off Jorgen Eliason and the Bel Air baseball team.

With Eliason doing damage with his arm and his bat, the No. 9 Bobcats defeated the Cobras, 7-2, yesterday at Thomas Run Park and captured the inaugural Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference championship.

Eliason allowed only one earned run and struck out 11 to improve to 6-1, and the senior lefty also broke the game open with a towering two-out, three-run homer to left-center in the third inning.

The defeat of the Susquehanna Division-champion Cobras (11-6) was the Bobcats' eighth victory in nine games. Bel Air (12-4) started 1-2 before going on a run that resulted in the Chesapeake Division title.

"I worked extra hard this week to be ready for this," said Eliason, whose home run came on a Dustin Culver curveball. "I got my velocity back a little today and my curveball was working, too. ... This game meant a lot to us, to be the first champion of this [conference]."

Bobcats right fielder Dan Blewett got things started for Bel Air with a two-run double to the base of the right-field fence in the first inning. Andrew Berry added two hits and scored a run, catcher Griffin Stewart was 2-for-3 with a run, and third baseman Scott Eaton laced an RBI single.

"We just like to get everything rolling early," said Blewett, who made a diving catch in foul territory to end the sixth inning. "All season, we've had a knack for having some big first innings."

Eliason gave up one run in the fourth, walking in a run after a Kevin Lipple walk and two Bobcats errors loaded the bases, but was in control the rest of way. He threatened to strike out the side in the ninth inning before Cobras first baseman Troy Neville parked an opposite-field home run.

"It was just one of those days where everything we hit was at them and everything they hit found a hole, but we played the best team in both [Harford and Cecil] counties today," said Cobras coach John Watson. "[Eliason] seemed to put the ball exactly where he wanted and we bailed him out a couple of times by swinging at some bad pitches. But he's good, very good."

Harford Tech hosts Wicomico tomorrow in the Class 2A East regional playoffs. Bel Air earned a bye in Class 3A North.

"If you lose going into the regionals, it definitely doesn't set the right tone," said Bobcats coach John Swanson. "This is definitely something we can feed off of."

Softball

No. 3 Fallston 8, Elkton 2: The Chesapeake Division-champion Cougars broke open a one-run game with six runs in the bottom of the sixth and senior pitcher Kirsten Wells did the rest as Fallston (18-1) coasted to the inaugural UCBAC title at Thomas Run Park.

Cougars senior Stephanie Schultz had the big hit in the inning, slamming a triple to deep left field to score courtesy runner Carrie Adams before coming home on an Elkton error. Kim Lassiter, Caitlin Stein and Kim Ziegler tacked on singles.

"I don't know what was wrong with our bats early on, but we found them later," said Fallston coach Pam Gauss, whose team is the top seed in the 3A North playoffs. "That's all that matters to me."

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