Winter's homer completes cycle, Centennial's win

Patten, Spalding shut down St. Paul's, 8-0


May 19, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

Centennial's Ben Winter put a dramatic spin on hitting for the cycle in leading the No. 6 Eagles to a 4-3 win over No. 8 Fallston for the Class 3A East regional title.

After Fallston (16-5) scored twice in the top of the seventh to take a 3-2 lead to quiet the crowd at Centennial, Alex Bechta reached on a spinning cue-shot to first base with two outs.

Up stepped Winter, who had a single, double and triple on the day and needed a homer for the cycle.

The Eagles junior took a strike from Cougars closer Bo Loar and then, on the next pitch, Winter launched a towering shot over the center-field fence.

"I knew his fastball would tail away from me, so I just stayed on it," the left-handed Winter said about facing the side-arming right-hander Loar.

"I thought it was a pop-up and I threw my bat in disgust. I thought our season was over, but it just kept going. It's definitely the highlight of my high school career."

The Eagles (19-4) lost in last year's regional final to eventual state champion James M. Bennett of the Eastern Shore and had done likewise in 2005, losing to Wilde Lake. Centennial was 22-0 before the loss to Bennett.

Centennial, which won a state title in 2004, will play 3A North champion and No. 7 Catonsville (16-3) at Joe Cannon Stadium on Tuesday (at either 4 or 7 p.m.) in the semifinals. The Comets won their only state title in 1976.

No. 4 Archbishop Spalding 8, St. Paul's 0 -- The visiting Cavaliers (19-3) pounded out 12 hits in a victory over the Crusaders in Game 7 of the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament. Spalding pitcher Jason Patten held St. Paul's to three hits over seven innings. The Cavaliers will host Mount St. Joseph on Monday at 4 p.m. The winner will play Calvert Hall in the championship game Wednesday at Ripken Stadium. Since the tournament is a double-elimination format, undefeated Calvert Hall must lose twice.

Boys' Latin 9, Pallotti 2 -- Huntley Mitchell hit a home run and a double and collected three RBIs as the Lakers (20-2) beat the visiting Panthers. Boys' Latin will play in the MIAA B Conference championship game Wednesday.

No. 7 Catonsville 9, No. 13 Franklin 4 -- Adam Kolarek's 14 strikeouts powered the host Comets (17-3) over the Indians (15-4) for the 3A North regional championship. Catonsville will face Centennial in the 3A state semifinals on Tuesday.

Marriotts Ridge 12, Surrattsville 2 -- The visiting Mustangs (8-13), in their first varsity season, beat the Hornets to win the Class 1A South regional. A seven-run fourth inning guaranteed the victory. John Cruz pitched all five innings and only allowed three hits and struck out eight. Kyle Feldman went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, and freshman Kevin Kratchowell went 3-for-3 and added four stolen bases.

Staff reports contributed to this article.

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