Hilchey's 3 RBIs power Centennial

No. 10 Centennial 3 No. 5 Hammond 0


May 05, 2007|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

Simply putting the ball in play against Hammond sophomore Stephanie Speierman has been tough for every batter this season.

Centennial senior right fielder Jennifer Hilchey did much more than that yesterday in the visiting No. 10 Eagles' 3-0 win over the previously undefeated No. 5 Bears.

After hitting a homer to center, Hilchey finished off her day with a two-run double down the third base line in the sixth. The three RBIs were more than enough support for junior pitcher Katie Hobson, who struck out 17 and allowed just one hit.

Centennial improves to 14-2 overall and 14-1 in Howard County, while Hammond (16-1) also goes to 14-1 in league play. Each team has one remaining county game on Monday. If the Bears can defeat Long Reach, they will represent Division II in Wednesday's county championship game. Centennial needs to beat Mount Hebron and get help from Long Reach to gain a spot in the title game.

For now, the Eagles are content with the confidence-building win over the Bears in the teams' first meeting. Hilchey's second-inning line-drive home run set the tone.

"I just tried to relax, not think too much up there and waited for my pitch. This was huge for us; it's important to us going into the playoffs," Hilchey said.

By throwing an assortment of pitches and continually getting ahead in the count, Hobson took a no-hit bid into the last inning before Lindsey Frost led off with a single up the middle. Hobson went on to strike out the next three batters.

"I was thinking about the game the whole day during school. My teacher was calling me - `Katie, are you here?' - and I was like, `Kind of thinking about later.' We were so motivated," Hobson said.

Speierman, who broke her own single-season strikeout mark earlier in the week, struck out 20 to bring her total to 304 for the season. Hammond coach Richard Pond was quick to credit the Eagles.

"They hit that one over the fence and that was a big momentum shift in the game. I think we were a little down after that. We were a little more relaxed this time around and they hit the ball and we didn't - that's what it boils down to," Pond said.


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