Glenelg's hitting was an irresistible force; Centennial's TTC defense and pitching was a movable object.
The result was a 16-5 Glenelg victory in which the No. 10 Gladiators showcased their power hitting yesterday at Glenelg.
The Gladiators (10-2 overall, 6-2 league) hit two home runs, a triple and three doubles.
Robin Davis led the way with a two-run homer and a three-run triple. Brent Waskey hit a two-run homer, two singles and drove in three runs.
Steve Dulaney went 3-for-4 with a double. Ryan Riel doubled and reached base twice on errors. David Harris doubled, walked and reached on an error. Doug Gasch hit a two-run single. David Boteler had an RBI single and two walks.
Ben Gugliotta (4-1) pitched a six-hitter (two earned runs, two strikeouts, two walks).
He gave up triples to John Woods and Denny Chapman in the fifth inning when the Eagles scored four runs -- three unearned. Gugliotta gave up a double to Adam Chambers in the second inning when the Eagles scored one run.
Otherwise, he was in control and faced the minimum three batters in the first, third and fourth innings, and just four batters in the sixth and seventh.
Centennial starter Bill Howley (2-2), who beat Glenelg earlier this season, 3-2, was hurt by six errors his teammates committed during his 4 1/3 innings of work.
And he couldn't adjust to the umpire's strike zone.
"He was calling high strikes but not low ones," said Howley. "I'm not a power pitcher so I can't pitch up high, and he wasn't calling the outside corner either."
Not getting the strike call on the outside corner was partly why Howley gave up four walks, an unusual number for him.
Howley said he also struggled with his concentration after Glenelg scored six unearned runs on three errors, a walk and three hits in the first inning.
After Howley walked the game's leadoff batter, the next two Glenelg batters reached on infield errors. He retired the next two batters on a pop-up and strikeout.
But Davis hit a high, outside fastball to the opposite field for a three-run triple and the rout of Centennial (3-6, 3-4) was on.
Pub Date: 4/25/96