Gladiators win second state title Baseball


FREDERICK -- Until yesterday, Howard County's only previous state baseball title belonged to Glenelg in 1983.

Make it two for the Gladiators.

Glenelg claimed the top prize again yesterday by beating Rockville in the Class 2A championship game at McCurdy Field, 7-1. Glenelg's other final four appearances were in 1979 and 1989.

Senior Glenelg right-hander Jeff Lewis (7-2) kept his slider on the corners and held the Rams to one run on five hits. He pitched a complete game and walked no one.

"I was nervous until we scored four runs in the sixth inning and then I relaxed a lot," Lewis said. "We've been scoring eight or nine runs a game all season and that makes pitching a lot easier."

Glenelg (17-4) outscored its opponents, 192-63, for the season and 36-8 for the four-game playoffs.

"Jeff probably had a little extra incentive to prove himself today because he didn't make the first-team All-County team that the county coaches selected this year," Glenelg coach Terry Coleman said.

Glenelg, which carried a .370 team batting average into the championship game, rapped 10 hits off two Rockville pitchers, Matt Simmons and Jeremy Kinsey.

"The thing that has characterized our team all season is that we hit from the top of the order to the bottom," Coleman said. "I've only coached one other team [1984] that hit .300 as a team, so we were confident coming into this game."

Glenelg's Nos. 5 and 6 hitters -- sophomore Mike Deming and junior Ray Sullivan -- produced big efforts yesterday. Sullivan had three RBI doubles and a walk. Deming hit two doubles and a single and drove in one run. Sullivan's two-out double in the second inning drove in the game's first run.

Deming's three hits equaled his previous hit total for the playoffs.

Rockville (14-6) tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning on two errors and two singles.

But the Gladiators' came back with two in the top of the fourth. Deming and Sullivan hit back-to-back, two-out doubles that scored Brian Boteler and Mike Goldberg.

Glenelg then broke it open with its four-run sixth inning.

Deming started the rally with a one-out single and Sullivan doubled him home. Dave Gunter singled and Jason Beall executed a safety squeeze bunt, scoring Sullivan. Matt Morraye singled home Glenelg's third run of the inning. Jamie Brinker's sacrifice fly made it 7-1.

* Mount Savage 7, Brunswick 4: For the first time in four seasons, Brunswick (14-8) learned what it felt like not to win a Class 1A baseball title yesterday at McCurdy Field, losing to Mount Savage.

Mount Savage (19-3), a school just outside of Cumberland, was led by Kennell brothers, Jeremy and Larry, as well as Tom Schaffer and Rick Swanger -- all of whom went 2-for-4 with a combined three doubles.

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