Cavs close in on perfect regular season 14-0 squad must play final 4 games in 3 days

May 06, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff writer

Fourteen down, four to go.

That's how close the South Carroll baseball team is to having a perfect regular season.

It won't be an easy last week for the Cavaliers, however.

After yesterday's rain-out against Westminster, the Cavs will have to play four games in three days.

It starts today with a single game at Frederick, followed by a doubleheader at home against Thomas Johnson on Thursday and concluding with the makeup game at Westminster on Friday.

Right now, the Cavs are more concerned with winning the Central Maryland Conference outright (they've already clinched a share for first place) and getting ready for the regional playoffs next Friday.

"I know [going undefeated in the regular season] is on the kids' minds," South Carroll coach Joe Foltz said.

"But we were talking today, and our next goal is to win the CMC and get ready for regionals. If it rains more this week, and we have to play Monday and Tuesday, I'm not going to throw any of my big guns -- we already know who we want to pitch Friday and Saturday."

Foltz expected to field a competitive team as the season began, but wasn't counting on being undefeated this late in the season. So what makes this team so good?

"I think last year makes them special," Foltz said.

"Winning the county, CMC and regional taught them a lot, and we have a lot of guys back this year who know how to win."

It doesn't matter where you start -- pitching, defense or offense -- the Cavaliers have it all.

"Pitching-wise, our biggest surprise has been Steve Schulze," Foltz said.

"He has five wins for us and has really picked up the slack for Mike Downs, who's been hurting all year with a bad back."

Schulze has a stingy 1.25 earned-run average to compliment Joe Goodwin, who also is 5-0 on the season with a 1.71 ERA.

The offense is coming from everywhere. The Cavs are batting .377 as a team, with two batters -- Goodwin and Scott Carter -- batting over .500, and two more -- Charlie Kuykendall and Schulze -- batting well over .400.

"Our offense has been tremendous," Foltz said.

"You're talking not an [easy] out in the lineup. When one person is not doing the job, another guy is there to get it done."

And, the team fielding percentage is at .905 -- yielding only 27 errors with 159 put-outs and 101 assists.

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