Maxcy warms up, leads S. Carroll over Liberty, 8-5 Baseball

April 09, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

South Carroll sophomore first baseman Kile Maxcy summed up his new-found hitting prowess yesterday in two words: "Nice weather."

Maxcy broke out of an early-season hitting slump in grand style against Liberty, slamming a home run and a triple to lead the Cavaliers to an 8-5 victory over the Lions at South Carroll.

It was the first win of the season for three-time defending county champion South Carroll (1-3).

NB Making Maxcy's hitting show even more significant was the fact

that he was hitting ninth for the Cavaliers and didn't even play in the team's third game of the season, against Linganore.

"I hadn't been hitting in the cold," Maxcy said. "This warm weather was great. Also, I was seeing the ball well."

Maxcy said he never had batted ninth before yesterday and hopes to move up in the order.

South Carroll coach Joe Foltz wouldn't commit himself to a higher batting position for Maxcy, but it was obvious he was pleased with the unexpected contribution.

"We only scored seven runs in our first three games, and now we geteight in one game," he said. "Hopefully, this will give us some confidence."

The Lions (0-3) were beaten by the 10-run rule in games against Westminster and North Carroll. The rule states that the game is over if a team goes ahead by 10 runs or more after five innings.

Foltz said it has taken awhile for his young Cavaliers to get going this season. South Carroll has five sophomores and two juniors starting.

"Our defense has been good and our hitting may be coming around,"Foltz said. "We've had four double plays in our last two games. I'll know more after next week when we play four games."

Right-hander Ron Garrett went the distance for South Carroll yesterday, giving up just four hits and three earned runs.

Garrett made only one really bad pitch all day, throwing a hanging slider to Liberty's Eric Priddy, who banged a two-run double to left-center in the top of the fifth inning.

Priddy's double reduced the South Carroll lead to 6-5, but the Cavaliers pushed across two insurance runs in the last of the sixth inning on run-scoring singles by second baseman Tim Beck and Garrett.

Beck drove home Maxcy, who had opened the inning with a triple.

Liberty used three pitchers against the Cavaliers, with Mike McGinnis having the most success as he relieved starter Bobby Bowman in the second inning with two outs and runners on second and third.

South Carroll had gone ahead, 6-2, when McGinnis came in and shut the Cavaliers down the sixth inning.

"We hit a lot better today than we had in the past games," said Liberty coach Bryan Harman. "But we didn't play well defensively. We made too many errors."

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