Winter pitches Centennial to Howard County title

Junior strikes out nine in raising his career record to 11-1

Centennial 7 Howard 2


May 10, 2007|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Reporter

Centennial junior Ben Winter finished yesterday's game against visiting league rival Howard the same way he started: with only one career loss as a high school pitcher.

In the Eagles' 7-2 triumph, the left-hander overcame a first-inning, two-run deficit. He struck out nine batters, walked five and allowed two hits in earning his fifth win of the year without a loss. Winter, who was 5-0 as a sophomore, was relieved in the seventh by Shane Mattingly, who retired the side.

"I was hitting my spots and felt pretty good, mostly using my fastball and curveball," said Winter, who raised his career record to 11-1 in leading the Eagles (17-4) to victory in the inaugural Howard County title game. "As far as getting us ready for our playoff run, this game was huge."

Winter also performed well at the plate with a run-scoring single among the Eagles' nine hits, a sacrifice fly ball for another RBI and a run scored.

Also playing well for Centennial, a winner of seven consecutive games, was Alex Bechta, who went 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored; Ryan Miller with an RBI double, a walk and two runs scored; Austin Harclerode 2-for-2, with a walk and an RBI; and Matt Hein with a two-run triple.

Centennial's James Cowan singled and scored once, and Owen Dresser was 1-for-2 with a walk.

For Howard (15-4), a winning streak was ended at 13 games as starter Matt Zarin (4-2) lost to Centennial for the second time this year.

Centennial committed only one error. Cowan-to-Dresser-to-Joey Couch resulted in a 4-6-3 second-inning double play. And in the fourth, Hein, the right fielder, scooped a long ball off a bounce, fired it to home plate and watched as Miller tagged out the runner.

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