Thomas Johnson makes South Carroll pay, 4-2

April 03, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Young teams often make mistakes. Just ask South Carroll baseball coach Joe Foltz.

Defending state champion Thomas Johnson took advantage of South Carroll miscues to grab a four-run lead, and the visiting Patriots held on for a 4-2 victory yesterday.

The game was called after six innings because of darkness.

South Carroll (0-2) made two fielding errors, saw three runners thrown out, and saw another runner called out for not tagging DTC up. The Cavaliers also left six runners on base in the final four innings.

"We're young," said Foltz, whose team lost to Thomas Johnson in last year's regional playoffs. "We're still making some mistakes."

Thomas Johnson (2-0), the defending Class 3A state champion, took advantage of the mistakes early, scoring twice in the first inning.

Leadoff hitter Roger Printz reached second on a throwing error, and Fontaine Weedon followed with an RBI single for a 1-0 lead. Weedon advanced to second on the throw home, and, two batters later, Ty Coleman singled him in.

South Carroll pitcher Ron Garrett struggled to find the strike zone in the first inning, often falling behind in the count.

"I just wasn't in the zone," said Garrett. "They were hitting the ball pretty hard."

Garrett settled down after his rocky start, allowing only two runs on four hits in the final five innings.

Weedon's RBI single in the fourth scored Printz to give Thomas Johnson a 3-0 lead, and Joey Hammond scored on a throwing error in the fourth to make it 4-0.

"We came out swinging," said Thomas Johnson coach Jim Foit. "You get up a couple of runs, and it makes it nice."

Starting pitcher Chet Hetkowski kept the Cavaliers quiet for most of the first four innings.

South Carroll threatened in the third inning. Bryan Herche walked with one out, and Tim Beck later singled to right, putting runners on first and third with two out.

Hetkowski shut the door by getting Brad Schulze to bounce into a force out.

Hetkowski ran out of gas in the fourth when South Carroll loaded with bases with two out. Printz came on in relief and struck out Herche to end the inning.

South Carroll broke through in the fifth. Beck drew a one-out walk and advanced on Schulze's bunt. Jeremy Hancock lined a double to left, scoring Beck. Garrett followed with an RBI single to left to make it 4-2.

South Carroll threatened again in the sixth. White led off with a single to left, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Kile Maxcy followed with a walk.

Hammond relieved Printz and struck out Herche. Greg Mihalko followed with a fly ball to short center that Tommy Brothers caught on the slide.

White apparently scored. But Brothers threw to third, and the umpires called White out for leaving the base too early, ending the game.

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