Centennial starts fast, stops error-prone Glenelg; Eagles benefit from 7 boots, power hitting to win, 12-8; Baseball; HIGH SCHOOLS


Centennial took advantage of seven Glenelg errors, had four extra-base hits, and got a combined four-hitter from Tom Phelan and Brad Loveless to hand the Gladiators their first loss of the season, 12-8, in a Howard County league game at Centennial yesterday.

Glenelg (4-1 overall and league) committed three errors in both the second and third innings, and Centennial responded with four and three runs, respectively, for a 7-2 lead.

"Too many errors," said Glenelg coach Tom Thrasher. "But I'm proud of the way they came back."

Glenelg rallied in a big way. Trailing 9-2 in the fifth, the Gladiators took advantage of Centennial's only error, a wild pitch, three straight walks, and sophomore Brian Hollrah's two-out grand slam to score six times and make it a one-run game.

"They only got four hits, but the grand slam hurt us," said Centennial designated hitter Ryan Kelly.

But not for long.

"They came right back," said Thrasher, giving the Eagles (4-1) credit for scoring two more times in their half of the fifth.

Centennial's Ryan Barwick led off the fifth with a walk off reliever Jason Weszka and stole second. Brian Neidig, who had a bases-empty home run in the fourth, singled to right to score Barwick.

Kelly, who had singled and homered to left in his previous two at-bats, launched another blast over the left fielder. This time it landed right at the fence -- good for a double that scored Neidig from first.

"After Mount Hebron came back into the game, we talked about adding runs," said Centennial coach Mike Lerner. "It takes a little life from any team when you can do that."

Loveless, who surrendered Hollrah's grand slam, struck out two hitters in both the sixth and seventh innings and retired the last six in a row.

It was a good way for the Eagles to end a week that began Wednesday with an 11-0 loss to Mount Hebron.

"Wednesday was a reality check," said Kelly.

Said Lerner: "The last two days, we've shown a lot of heart. We stepped up."

Centennial had only one hit in the second inning but scored four times thanks to three Glenelg errors and two batters hit by starter Chris Bowen.

Weszka, who started at shortstop, had a rough third inning, committing three errors that helped Centennial score two of its three runs.

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