Glenelg right-hander Jeff Lewis had struggled to control the ball this season, walking 24 batters in 33 innings.
But yesterday the senior exuded control as the Gladiators won, 11-0, in a no-hitter against visiting Atholton. Glenelg came within one game of clinching at least a tie for the county championship.
Glenelg (10-4, 10-1), defending county co-champion, can clinch with the title by beating Mount Hebron tomorrow and has two league games after that. Centennial trails Glenelg by two games.
Lewis, who improved his record to 5-2, is 5-0 in league play. He struck out five and walked four. Two Atholton batters reached on errors. Lewis allowed only three balls to be hit out of the infield -- two of those by Ryan Schneider.
"Kevin Curtin, my catcher, called a great game," Lewis said. "Most of the season I've pitched behind in the count because I couldn't throw my curve and slider for strikes. My control has been brutal. But today I had control of both those pitches and stayed ahead. The slider on the outside especially kept them off balance. And because of our big lead, I didn't have to worry too much about location."
Glenelg rapped 15 hits -- 12 off Atholton starter Rich Blankenship, who pitched four innings and allowed nine of the 11 runs. Glenelg scored three runs in the first, second and fourth innings.
For the second straight game, third baseman Brian Boteler and shortstop Mike Goldberg each homered. Goldberg's homer was a three-run shot in the second inning -- his team-high fifth of the season. He has a team-high 24 RBI.
Boteler's homer was a two-run shot in the fourth. He has three homers and 17 RBI. Boteler, who is batting .500 (22-for-44), added an RBI double in the fifth.
"Boteler's double was a good piece of hitting because it was a two-strike breaking ball that he hit to the opposite field," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said.
el,.3l Nearly every Glenelg starter joined in the offensive output. Leadoff batter Matt Morrayye went 2-for-4 with a double. Jamie Brinker was 1-for-3 with a double. Boteler was 2-for-3. Goldberg was 2-for-4. Curtin went 3-for-3 with two RBI. Mike Deming was for-3. And Ray Sullivan went 2-for-3 with two RBI.
"They [Glenelg] weren't exactly hitting flares out there today," Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said. "Glenelg deserves the credit. We were hardly able to hit the ball out of the infield."
The Raiders (9-7, 6-5), a contender for the league title at the beginning of last week, have lost three of their past four games and appear unlikely to make the regional playoffs.
Glenelg is fourth in its Class 2A region behind Southern (Garrett), Walkersville and North Carroll.