Rihard made the moves to return title to Owls Assistance of Stull was key, coach says Coach of the Year 1993 ALL-CARROLL COUNTY BASEBALL TEAM

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

Every time Westminster baseball coach Carl Rihard read that South Carroll was the three-time defending Carroll County baseball champions, he saw red.

So he enlisted former Owls head baseball coach Guy Stull to return as his assistant, and the two men proceeded to bring the county title back to Westminster where it had presided before the Cavaliers won the three straight.

Rihard preached fundamentals and discipline all the way to the county championship and a share of the Central Maryland Conference title with Thomas Johnson.

The Owls (12-7 overall, 5-1 in the county and 8-4 in the CMC) also came within one out of upsetting Paint Branch in the state Class 4A, Region I semifinals at Paint Branch. They eventually lost that game, 2-1, in eight innings.

"When we walked off the field that day," Rihard said, "we had the feeling the better team didn't win."

But Rihard had accomplished enough to be selected The Baltimore Sun's 1993 Baseball Coach of the Year in Carroll County.

The always low-key Rihard said the Coach of the Year award was "an honor for both myself and Guy Stull."

Rihard, 37, said there was nothing fancy about what he and Stull, 48, did this season to return the Owls to the top of the county standings.

"We're just two old-time guys playing and coaching baseball," said Rihard, who, like Stull, grew up in Western Maryland. "We run a disciplined program, but we also like the kids to have fun."

Rihard said he knew the team had talent going into this season. "I knew we would have a good hitting ballclub," Rihard said. "As the season progressed, we made some defensive moves and things worked out. And our pitching came through with Chris Archambault having a super year."

Once Archambault (7-3 with a 1.4 earned run average) showed he could throw strikes, Rihard knew the Owls were going to have good things happen.

"Guy and I know that the team that gives up the fewest walks in a high school game usually wins," Rihard said.

Under Rihard, Westminster won games in nearly every possible way. The Owls executed the fundamentals at the plate, on the bases and in the field.

The victory that made Rihard the proudest was a 3-2 victory over Centennial in which second baseman Brad Gibson squeezed in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning.

"Todd Dickensheets doubled, moved to third on a groundout and then Brad squeezed him in with a perfect bunt," Rihard said. "That was satisfying."

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