Wildecats use 3 pitchers to throw off Mt. Hebron

Schultheis homers in 8th for lead, finishes 5-4 win on mound in quarterfinal

3A East baseball

High Schools

May 18, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Kevin Showe, David Marmo and Ryan Schultheis proved to be a winning combination for Wilde Lake as the Wildecats upset host Mount Hebron amid rumbles of thunder in the Class 3A East region quarterfinals yesterday, 5-4.

Schultheis hit a game-winning, opposite-field, two-run home run in the eighth inning off Mount Hebron starter Jordan Moore. Schultheis then picked up his sixth win against three losses by pitching the bottom of the eighth.

"I was just trying to wait on the ball and hit a high, outside fastball," said Schultheis. "Most people take this team lightly and that gets us more pumped up. This has actually been one of our best seasons in five years."

The Wildecats (10-10) split two previous games against Mount Hebron and faced Moore starting on the mound in all three games. Schultheis was the losing pitcher in one of the matchups.

The Vikings (14-7) staged a two-out rally off Schultheis, who walked Kevin Cooke and yielded a double by Moore. But he struck out Derek Chell to end the game.

"The thunder was making me nervous," said Schultheis. "I thought they'd call it."

Showe was the starting pitcher for Wilde Lake and threw 5 1/3 innings before leaving the mound with two runners on.

"My arm was tired," said Showe. "I had nothing left."

Marmo relieved him. Both those runners scored for Mount Hebron to tie the game 3-3 after RBI singles by Andrew Duzor and Moore.

Showe also hit a two-run home run in the first inning, his fourth this season. Marmo hit an RBI single in the fourth inning.

"This was one of our best defensive games of the season," said Showe, who played right field after leaving the mound.

Shortstop Tim Lima was outstanding for the Wildecats. He handled seven chances.

"They have a few kids that can hit and go three deep in pitching," Mount Hebron coach Matt Forsyth said of the Wildecats. "It was a great high school game - great to win and terrible to lose. We came back all season but fell one run short today."

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