Centennial makes final with storm-delayed, 4-2 win

Class 3A state baseball semifinals

High Schools

May 27, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Centennial pitcher Jonathan Dupski missed out on the Eagles' state title in 2001, when he was a freshman. The senior is determined to be a part of a state title this time around.

Dupski was dominant through five innings against Leonardtown (17-7) of St. Mary's County before tiring in the sixth, but his teammates produced enough runs for a 4-2 Class 3A state semifinal victory yesterday at Joe Cannon Stadium in Severn.

The third-ranked Eagles (20-4) will play Harford County's C. Milton Wright for the title at 7 p.m. Saturday at Joe Cannon.

Dupski (10-1) pitched one inning Tuesday before the game was postponed by thunderstorms, and he picked up where he left off. He struck out seven and allowed two hits through five innings.

"I was just lucky that my curve and changeup were working, because Leonardtown was a good fastball-hitting team," said Dupski.

Centennial broke open a scoreless game in the sixth inning with six consecutive hits - singles by Alex Bechta, Steve Seh and Dan Shillingburg, a double by Dupski, a two-run single by Scott Swinson and an RBI double by Austin Harclerode. Seh and Shillingburg each had three hits.

Swinson pitched a scoreless seventh to earn his third save.

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