The Francis Scott Key baseball team will have its work cut out tomorrow when the Eagles entertain Monocacy Valley Athletic League leader North Hagerstown at 4:30 p.m.
The Hubs were 6-1 in the conference as of late last week, paced by the hitting of junior catcher Danny Cunningham and senior left fielder Chris Ricker. Senior Pork Wallech isthe early mound leader, compiling a 0.93 earned run average in his first two appearances.
North Hagerstown is coming off a 13-8 season with seven returningstarters and is off to one of the best starts in team history. The club set a school record by scoring 19 runs in an early-season victoryover Smithsburg, another Washington County school.
Key is near the other end of the MVAL standings with a 1-7 mark, both overall and in the MVAL. The Eagles have several offensive contributors, but the mound staff is a little short on depth.
Dave Caviness is batting .482 with four doubles, and Eric Bohn is hitting .347 with a team-high nine runs batted in. Bohn also is the top pitcher with a 1-1 record and a 3.11 earned run average. No other hurler has an ERA lower than 7.00.
In Winfield, South Carroll and North Carroll are slated to hook up tomorrow in a county and Central Maryland Conference duel at 4 p.m. It wraps up a tough stretch of three games in three days for thePanthers that was to start yesterday at Linganore and continue todayat Frederick.
North Carroll's 2-5 record is a big improvement over last year's winless campaign. The Panthers are led by Chad Sholter,who's batting .500 with two homers, a triple and two doubles. Jim Whitney leads the pitching staff with a 2.03 earned run average, despite an 0-1 record.
South Carroll has a host of offensive threats. Steve Schulze is batting .344 with a team-high 11 runs batted in, whileChris Larrick is batting a sizzling .480. On the mound, the Cavs have a one-two punch of Joe Goodwin (2-0, 1.36 earned run average) and Mike Downs (3-1, 2.30).
The Cavs are 7-2 overall, 3-1 in the countyand 2-1 in the Central Maryland Conference.
In other sports this week:
* Several more crucial girls lacrosse games loom on the horizon, with perhaps none more important than tonight's game between county leaders Liberty and North Carroll at Eldersburg (5:30 p.m. juniorvarsity, 7 p.m. varsity).
Both teams have potent, high-scoring offenses.
Bridgette Harris of the Panthers is easily the county's leading goal-scorer with 28, plus five assists for 61 total points. Teammates Vicki Williams (17 goals, four assists, 38 points), Danielle Miller (16, 2, 34) and Stacey Kent (10, 7, 27) also contribute greatly.
Liberty's top four scorers are a bit more balanced, but potent nonetheless. Rachel Horneman leads the way with 20 goals and two assists for 42 points, followed by Becky Woodford (11, 9, 31), Val Swomley(10, 8, 28) and Wendy Pahl (13, 2, 28).
Those two teams follow upwith other county games Friday, as Liberty entertains Westminster and North Carroll visits South Carroll (both at 5:30 and 7 p.m.).
* North Carroll's boys lacrosse team also has shown improvement after going winless last year, but the Panthers have a couple of tough county contests coming up.
The 3-3 Panthers are in Winfield to take on 5-1 South Carroll tonight (6 p.m. jayvee, 7:30 varsity). Liberty (3-2) travels to Hampstead Friday night (same times).
* North Carroll,looking to repeat as state Class 3A champ, visits South Carroll, oneof its toughest foes from last year, in a 4 p.m. game tomorrow.
Dawn Carter leads the way at the plate for the Cavs with a .320 average and three doubles.