When Westminster called, Archambault delivered Player of the Year 1993 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM

June 07, 1993|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The hitting was there, the defense was sound and highly regarded Todd Dorsey was returning to the lineup after a celebrated junior season in center field.

But there was still some concern if the Westminster High baseball team was good enough to end South Carroll's three-year reign as Carroll County champions.

Those doubts quickly were erased when slender senior left-hander Chris Archambault started throwing strikes in the low 80s and blowing a lot of hitters away.

Archambault went on to post a 7-3 record and 1.40 earned-run average with 62 strikeouts and 45 walks, leading Westminster to the county championship, a share of the Central Maryland Conference title and a near upset of Paint Branch in the semifinals of the state Class 4A, Region I tournament.

In every big game for the Owls, Archambault went to the mound and gave his team an excellent chance to win.

"Every time he pitched, all we had to do was scratch in a few runs," Westminster coach Carl Rihard said. "He never got hit hard and seldom lost his control. He only had one bad game all year and that was against North Carroll right after we had wrapped up the county title in the completion of a suspended game."

It all added up to Archambault being chosen The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Baseball Player of the Year in Carroll County.

Archambault clearly separated the Owls from the rest of the field in the county and possibly pitched himself into position for pro baseball offers or a scholarship to a major college.

"Chris was talking about going to Towson State, and now people are telling him he should wait a little to see what happens in the next few weeks," Rihard said.

The Owls' standout showed just how good he was in the final game he pitched. He shut down highly regarded Paint Branch for 6 2/3 innings in the 4A regionals and was one out away from a 1-0 victory.

Host Paint Branch had a runner on second with two outs in the last of the seventh and tied the score at one with a bloop single and eventually won, 2-1, in eight innings.

Archambault struck out six, walked one and scattered seven hits, but it wasn't good enough to get the victory and keep the Owls alive in the regionals.

"That was a big game against Paint Branch and Chris went down there and threw strikes all day," Rihard said. "He deserved to win that game."

Another big game this season for Archambault was a 1-0 shutout over Frederick in which he stopped the Cadets three times with a runner on third.

That was vintage Archambault, who arrived in a big way this season after being a spot reliever as a junior.

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