Brandon pitcher Scott Glaser got off to a slow start in 1993 and finished with a surprisingly high 3.00 ERA.
But his performance against Chamberlain Tuesday should go a long way in erasing the memories of last year. Glaser allowed only two singles in helping Brandon to a 9-0 season-opening victory against the Chiefs.
"Scott wasn't 100 percent last year," Eagles coach Gregg Parris said. "Now, he's in real good game shape."
Good shape translated to eight strikeouts and one walk for Glaser, who pitched six innings before giving way to reliever Brian Spoto, who allowed one hit before retiring the side. Chamberlain's lone hits off Glaser came from pitcher Todd Jordan in the second and rightfielder David Strawser in the fourth.
Jordan held Brandon to one run _ a first-inning RBI single by shortstop Christian Diaz _ until Darrick "Hot Dog" Jackson drove a curve ball 364 feet over the left-center wall to make the score 3-0.
Chamberlain reliever Kenny Nightlinger entered in the fifth, but the Eagles turned one hit, two walks and two errors into four runs against the former Gaither standout. Neril Griffith drove in two runs in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Hillsborough 2, Robinson 1: The Terriers scored the winning run, when Jason Roano crossed the plate on an error in the bottom of the sixth inning.
"We didn't play well," Hillsborough coach Billy Reed said. "We didn't swing the bats."
Hillsborough (1-0) was outhit in its victory 3-2.
The Terriers reached base when Tommy Robinson hit a double and Luis Martinez singled.
_ STORI REITZEL
Chamberlain 5, Brandon 0: The Chiefs took advantage of four hits and three first-inning Brandon errors to improve to 3-0. Host Brandon dropped to 2-2.
Amanda Redfern kept Brandon off the bases, allowing only three hits in the game.
Jamie Giusto, leadoff hitter and leftfielder for the Chiefs, started the first inning with a hit to leftfield and scored the initial run on a single by third baseman Andi Michaels. Giusto went 2 for 3 in the game and made three outs from the outfield.
Michaels went 2 for 2 and scored two of the Chiefs' runs.
Chamberlain coach Bob Diaz was pleased with the consistent batting of his team, but he was especially pleased with the defense.
"We only have four seniors in the starting lineup and the team hasn't given up an earned run in three ball games," Diaz said. "Amanda (now 2-0) was throwing strikes today and my other pitcher, Jamie Perez (1-0), throws strikes too and these girls are hitting consistently so far. They work hard in practice though and will have to continue to be consistent, because the season is early yet and we have a tough week ahead of us."
_ TERRY JONES
Berkeley Prep 11, Temple Heights 1: The Bucs' Fiona Bolten hit three home runs to give her six for the season.
Melissa Blocker (6-0) had nine strikeouts in four innings of work. She combined with Lindy Williams for a no-hitter in the five-inning game.
Plant 12, Jefferson 0: Sophomore Alison Brown (1-1) threw a no-hitter.