Rain is least of problems as Babe Ruth teams struggle Two of three teams from Carroll still alive

HITS AND MISSES

July 29, 1992|By Mike Nortrup

Rain washed out all Babe Ruth state championship games in Frederick on Thursday and Friday before finally relenting.

Weekend games saw Carroll's age 16 all-stars fall into the losers' bracket and its 16-18 squad win a tight one to stay alive after losing last week's opener.

Westminster's age 13 team, though, was eliminated.

In the Little League's Senior League Section 1 tourney last week, Division I swept two straight in a scheduled best-of-three match with a District II team that included 14- and 15-year-olds from Taneytown.

Western Maryland-based District I won 12-2 last Wednesday at Springfield Elementary School in Williamsport, Washington County.

Then, after two days of rain, it finished off the Carroll-Frederick squad 5-2 Saturday at Maugansville in Frederick County.

The winners qualified for the Senior League state championships, to be played in Elkton later this week.

District II actually went ahead, 2-1, in the fifth inning of the second game when Taneytown's Clint Caples stole home.

District I, unfortunately, had several batting turns remaining.

"I had some of the best talent from Taneytown, Emmitsburg and Thurmont," said District I manager Ed Hild.

But he added, "They weren't coordinated as much as they needed to be. That hurt us."

Westminster's age 13 team also came to the end of the line over the weekend.

But it beat Prince George's County, 21-5, on Saturday, peppering base hits all over McCurdy Field.

Casey Davis and Brian Tozer each were 3-for-6 as the locals exploded for nine runs in the first inning.

But scouts for Upper Montgomery (County) Athletic Corp. must have been watching.

When Westminster faced UMAC there Sunday, the latter's outfield played in to cut off those base hits, "daring us to hit it over their heads," said Westminster coach Matt Tozer.

Westminster couldn't, and the drawn-in fly-chasers completely shut off its base-hitting attack.

When it was over, UMAC had ousted Westminster, 10-1.

Tozer nevertheless felt the youngsters had benefited.

"They're a lot better ballplayers now than when they started. Hopefully they can build on it next year," he said.

The Carroll age 16 all-stars dropped their tournament opener 7-1 to Prince George's South Saturday at Grove Stadium.

They got only three hits and were scoreless until the seventh.

"[Prince George's] pitcher didn't have a lot of speed. But he changed up well and he had a good curveball. He kept our boys off balance," said Carroll coach Ralph Arnold.

The Carroll 16-18 stars hung on to their losers' bracket slot with a 3-2 squeaker over North East on Saturday at Grove.

The big story was North Carroll High's Kevin Dull, who turned in the best pitching performance of any Carroll Countian in this year's Babe Ruth and Little League tournaments.

Mixing his curveball and fastball and changing speeds expertly, he pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits and one earned run, while walking one and striking out 12.

"Kevin really had the game under control," said his appreciative manager, Tim Heffner, who added, "if our pitching holds out, we are competitive with anybody."

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