You Should Have Seen
Mike Zajac, Glenelg junior
Zajac had never hit more than one home run in a season and didn't even start the year as the Gladiators' everyday third baseman, but he hit his way into the lineup with three home runs during a six-day span. The junior hit a grand slam March 28 in a 12-2 win over Howard, had a two-run home run in the Gladiators' 5-3 win over Centennial on April 1 and capped the streak with a solo shot in the team's 18-1 win over Long Reach on April 2. "I have no idea how I did it," said Zajac, who hit one home run last year as a part-time starter on the Gladiators' junior varsity. "I just swung down on the ball, and I guess it carried. I was most definitely shocked." Glenelg Coach Tom Thrasher was elated. Zajac's offensive outburst helped the Gladiators to a 5-0 start before an 8-7 loss to Atholton on Saturday.
You Should See
Hammond senior attack
Most teams in Howard County have learned to double-team Berger, a talented lacrosse player headed to James Madison next year. Cherry Creek High of Englewood, Colo., learned why last week. Berger, Hammond's leader in assists this season, scored a school-record nine goals in the Golden Bears' 19-17 loss to Cherry Creek. She also had three assists. "Kelly scores goals because she works her butt off on the rest of the field. She forces turnovers and makes things happen so she does get that opportunity to score," Hammond Coach Emily Petrlik said. Berger scored six goals in an 11-9 win over River Hill March 25 and has 18 on the season.
By the Numbers
Days between wins for Oakland Mills's baseball team, which ended a 61-game losing streak with a 5-4 win over Centennial on April 2. The Scorpions' last win was against Atholton on March 30, 2000.
Baseball teams in the county that remain undefeated after Atholton's 8-7 win over Glenelg on Saturday. Through Saturday, Glenelg, River Hill and Mount Hebron each had one loss in the county.
Times Mount Hebron and Centennial have met in boys' lacrosse since 1978. Centennial's 13-1 win over the Vikings on Friday was its 12th against its Ellicott City rival.
-- Todd Jacobson