Unbeaten Reservoir drops No. 4 Atholton, 3-1

Senior-laden Gators 6-0 as Hiden wins his second

Baseball

High Schools

April 07, 2005|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Keeping a promise not to shave until his team loses, Reservoir baseball coach Adam Leader's beard is getting longer and longer as Howard County's youngest school continues to show the older programs how the game is played.

"Hopefully, by the end of the season, it will be big and bushy," said Leader, whose assistant coach, Josh Sullivan, isn't shaving, either.

So far, the unranked Gators, playing only their second varsity season and first with a senior class, are 6-0. That includes yesterday's 3-1 upset of No. 4-ranked Atholton (2-2), as well as wins over perennial Howard County powers Glenelg and Mount Hebron.

"It's nice when it all comes together," said Leader. "We have 14 seniors who've been playing together a long time, worked hard in the offseason, are playing smart baseball, know the game and are having fun."

Reservoir scored in the first inning without a hit. Matt Costa was nicked by a pitch, stole second base, went to third base on a passed ball and scored on a groundout by David Lee.

Gators starting pitcher Chip Hiden made that run hold up until the bottom of the third inning, when Atholton's Paul Fischer led off with a single, stole second base and scored on a single by Steve Lombardozzi.

"We have high expectations," said Hiden (2-0). "I was most effective today spotting my fastball. My catcher [Brian Stone] called a good game."

Costa drove in the game-winning run in the sixth on a sacrifice fly after a leadoff double by Derrick Nason and a wild pitch.

Reservoir, 6-12 a year ago, added a third run on Hiden's leadoff single and a double by Matt Rothman.

"As much as people don't want to believe it, we may be the team to beat now," said Rothman, a transfer from Mount St. Joseph two years ago.

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