With every game Glenelg's hitting, pitching and defense seem to get a little better.
In an 11-3 victory over Centennial yesterday, the No. 5 Gladiators (9-1 overall, 6-0 league) looked like the class of the county baseball teams.
The Gladiators pounded 13 hits, received a strong starting effort from pitcher Doug Sinon and played errorless defense.
Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell isn't willing to admit it, but six games into the 14-game league season, Glenelg has a two-game lead over Centennial and looks like a sure bet to win the county championship.
"No, no, no. It's not over," said Ashwell. "Any team in the league can still beat any other team. But we're hitting the ball, and Doug [Sinon] pitched a good game today."
Glenelg had pounded Howard for 14 hits and 10 runs Monday in a 10-4 victory, but the Gladiators looked even better yesterday.
Seven of the nine starters had at least one hit, and four Gladiators had two or more hits, including Ben Gugliotta (3-for-4), Mike Goldberg (2-for-4), Mike Deming (2-for-4) and Sean Lookingbill (2-for-4).
Gugliotta drove in four runs -- one each time he came to the plate. Designated hitter Jason Mitchell hit a two-run double in the first inning.
Sinon (2-0) allowed four hits and three runs in the five innings (plus one batter) that he pitched before giving way to Dennis Pagel. He struck out three and walked three.
One of those hits was a double off the right-field fence by Adam Chambers, and one was a home run by Brian Dowell in the fourth inning. Dowell and Curtis Mitchell drove in runs with sacrifice flies.
Despite Glenelg's prolific hitting, only three of its 11 runs were earned.
Centennial (5-5, 4-2) became the latest team whose defense has collapsed against Glenelg.
The Eagles average just over one error per game, but they made five yesterday.
All four of Glenelg's first-inning runs off Centennial starter Bill Howley were unearned.
Lookingbill and catcher Deming stroked one-out singles that inning. Goldberg reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases.
Centennial third baseman Kevin Woods fielded a hot grounder hit by Zach Guerra, but his throw home pulled catcher Pat Babcock off the plate.
Ben Gugliotta's ensuing groundout would have ended the inning. Instead it scored a run. And Mitchell doubled home two more.
That's the way the entire game went for Centennial, which could have tied Glenelg for first with a win.
"With our anemic hitting we're lucky to be where we are," Centennial coach Ron Martin said. "Errors didn't make the difference today. They [Glenelg] hit the ball better and the better team won."
Glenelg suffered a setback in the sixth inning, however, when Deming collided with the Centennial first baseman and injured his shoulder. He was removed from the game.