WINFIELD — South Carroll senior hurler Joe Goodwin had eight strikeouts, and the Cavaliers' bats did the rest en route to a season-opening, 9-4 win over visiting North Carroll.
Yesterday afternoon's game lasted only six innings, called because of darkness.
While the Panthers were scoring single runs in the first, third, fourth and fifth innings, the Cavaliers answered with nine total runsin big second, third and fourth innings.
"I knew we'd get the pitching, but the question was whether we'd hit the ball," South Carrollcoach Joe Foltz said. "I'm really pleased with the way we hit the ball."
Junior Brian Yannick and senior designated hitter Jesse Reagan-Laur provided much of the offensive firepower for the Cavs.
Yannick had a pair of singles and drove in two runs, while Reagan-Laur had a clutch two-out double in the second to score a pair.
North Carroll jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first.
With one out, Doug Hamilton was hit by a Goodwin pitch. He took second on a fielder's choice and scored on Dave Polischeck's single.
South Carroll took a 3-1lead off North Carroll senior pitcher Scott Reaver in the bottom of the second, highlighted by Reagan-Laur's double. Eric Hood followed with a single to score Reagan-Laur.
The Panthers got one back in the top of the third to cut the lead to 3-2, when Polischeck hit a two-out single to score Jason Small. He led off the inning and moved to third after South Carroll left fielder Charlie Kuykendall misplayed Small's fly ball.
But that's as close as North Carroll would get, asSouth Carroll answered with two more in its half of the third to take a 5-2 lead.
"It was a typical first game of the season," North Carroll coach Craig Walker said. "And it doesn't make it any easier when you're facing Goodwin and the rest of the (South Carroll) team.
"We were a little rusty, but I saw a lot of good things out there. If the kids learned something out there, it was a successful day."
Kuykendall got things started in the Cavaliers' two-run third inning,with a double in the right-center field gap. Scott Carter walked, and Mike Downs reached on a Polischeck error at third to load the basesfor Yannick, who came through with a two-run single.
South Carroll put the game out of reach with four runs in the fourth, highlightedby a pair of triples by Goodwin and Carter.
Goodwin pitched five strong innings, allowing four hits and three earned runs. Downs came in to pitch a scoreless sixth inning for the Cavs, with a pair of strikeouts.
Polischeck led the Panthers offensively, with a pair of singles and a sacrifice fly to finish with 3 RBI on the night.
South Carroll will travel to Frederick tomorrow before facing Westminsterat home Friday. The Panthers will try to bounce back at home againstSouthwestern of Baltimore Friday.