FREDERICK -- It was hard to surpass the performance of Carroll County's Trey Schackelford yesterday at the Babe Ruth state tournament for 16-to-18-year-olds.
But not impossible.
Schackelford's efforts on the mound were impressive, but so were those of Prince George's North pitcher J. R. Proctor as he one-hit Carroll to knock the team out of the tournament, 2-1, in nine innings at Harry Grove Stadium.
"We are a tough team," said Schackelford, who finished the regular season 5-0. "We didn't give up, but we were a little flat with the bats."
Carroll's bats went flat after the first pitch of the game by Proctor.
Lead-off hitter Andy Thompson put the first pitch in the bottom of first inning into left-center field for the only hit for Carroll.
"We give credit to the pitcher," said Carroll head coach Tim Heffner. "We are a better offensive team than we displayed today. They have a good offensive team, but Trey shut them down."
Schackelford struck out three and shut out Prince George's -- a team batting .350 -- for seven innings.
With two outs, a Larry Smith single brought in Bob St. Pierre in the top of the ninth to break a 1-1 tie for the Prince George's win.
"It's been a long while since we've had a game that tight," said North head coach George Mercier. "Today's game was an outstanding job by both the pitchers."
Proctor did it both on the mound and at the plate for PG North.
The 17-year-old struck out 13, retired 13 in a row, was 3-4 with two doubles and scored the first PG run.
"J.R. has matured tremendously this year and has become a pitcher," said Mercier.
It was the second one-hitter Proctor had this season, coupled with a no-hitter.
Carroll got its only run in the fourth inning after Jeff Schaefer and Brian Pryer walked.
Proctor tried to pick off Pryer taking a lead on first and threw wild.
Schaefer scored on the wild throw, tying the game 1-1, and Pryer made it all the way to third.
The game remained tied for five innings.
An error in the first inning allowed Proctor to score after he had doubled.
With one out and Proctor on third, St. Pierre hit a sharp ground ball to shortstop Jami Naill, but he bobbled it and failed to get a double play.
Carroll did turn a double play on the next batter, but North grabbed an early lead.
Carroll attempted to even the score in their half of the first inning after Thompson had advanced to third after singling, stealing and a ground out.
Schaefer hit a ground ball to first baseman Butch Smith.
Smith went home with the throw and caught Thompson on the slide.
"I asked them to play aggressive, and it was a good throw to get him out," said Coach Heffner.
Carroll had two runners tagged out in rundowns after they had too much of a lead on first on a left-handed pitcher.
James Heffner and Naill were both caught off-guard by Proctor and never made it to second.
The loss eliminated Carroll from the tournament, after it lost to Frederick and defeated Northeast.
"It was an enjoyable season," said Heffner. "One of the things I enjoy about Babe Ruth baseball is that the high school kids come out in good weather and play. They don't always get to do that in the high school."