Ballard, Hudgins boost N. Carroll over S. Carroll, 7-4 Baseball

April 15, 1993|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

James Ballard and Don Hudgins combined for seven hits and pitcher Kevin Dull struck out nine and went the distance as North Carroll defeated defending Carroll County champ South Carroll, 7-4, yesterday in Hampstead.

Ballard went 4-for-4 with a triple, scoring two runs and driving in one. Hudgins had three hits, drove in two runs and scored once.

Dull was sharp aside from a shaky fifth inning in which he allowed all four South Carroll runs. The Panthers (3-1) gave him a five-run lead at that point and he finished strong, retiring six of last seven batters he faced.

"I told our kids before the game to be ready," said North Carroll coach Randy Clark.

"South Carroll has a solid program with a lot of pride and I knew we'd see the best from them. Our kids were ready."

North Carroll jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first and added two more in the third and one in the fourth to go up 5-0.

Geoff Little, Ballard and Hudgins had consecutive singles in the first after one out. Hudgins waited on Kile Maxcy's curveball and sent a grounder between second and first to score Little with the game's first run. Ballard later would come in on Steve Hanson's ground out to make it 2-0.

Ballard led off the third with a bloop single and Hudgins drove him in with a double in the right-center-field gap. Hudgins later would score on another Hanson ground out.

The Panthers made it 5-0 in the fourth on a perfectly executed suicide squeeze by Little, as Gary Blaylock scored from third.

Dull was only in trouble once through the first four innings, when South Carroll had runners on first and third with two out in the third. But he struck out Maxcy to retire the side.

"He had the best velocity he's had all season. He's still having some problems keeping his pitches down, but got the job done tonight," said Clark.

South Carroll (1-5) climbed back into the game with the four-run fifth, capped by Charlie Kuykendall's two-run homer that got by the right-field fence in a hurry.

North Carroll took advantage of two South Carroll errors in the sixth to add two insurance runs, but they weren't needed as Dull retired South Carroll in order in the seventh.

South Carroll coach Joe Foltz was pleased with the way his young Cavaliers -- starting only three seniors yesterday -- battled back.

"We're very young and still learning," he said.

"We're playing competitive ball and I'm pleased with that. I just have to be patient, the kids just need the work and things will

come along."

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