Youth baseball13-14 boys -- The Carroll County Rangers...


June 29, 1993|By Mike Nortrup

Youth baseball

13-14 boys -- The Carroll County Rangers Blue team came out of the losers' bracket to win the Pikesville Invitational Baseball Tournament's 13-14 division.

After winning their opener, 5-3 over the Dayton Raiders, the Rangers were beaten, 12-6, by the Yankee-Rebels "A" team. They then topped the Harford Sox, 13-1, the Yankee-Rebels "B" squad, 5-1, and the Carroll County Rangers White, 20-3. This earned them another shot at the Yankee-Rebel A's, having to beat that team twice.

They won the opener, 2-1, behind strong pitching from Tim Shifflet. Shifflet threw 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run and four hits. Reliever Jason Gribbin retired the final two batters on three pitches.

In the championship game, the Rangers again edged the Yankee-Rebels, 6-5. Larry Airing singled home the winning run in the home seventh after the Rebels had tied the game 5-5 in the top of that inning.

Airing was 4-for-4 in the game with two RBI, and Matt Smith added a triple and RBI for the Rangers.

The Rangers 13-14 Blue team defeated the Little Orioles, 7-6, in a Baltimore Metro League game Thursday. Brian Tozer broke a 3-3 midway through the game with a two-run double.

Shifflet's sacrifice fly drove in the seventh run in the home sixth, and the winners barely held on, as the Orioles scored three in the seventh. The Orioles had been undefeated this year.

14-15 boys -- First-place Manchester Pharmacy beat Hampstead Lions, 16-0, Saturday.

Barrett Gugliotta pitched five innings, giving up three hits and striking out 11. Bobby Copeland and Jeff Oyan had two hits each for the winners.

Earlier in the week, the Lions routed Reedy Auctioneers, 13-6. The winners never trailed after scored seven runs in the second inning, led by two-run singles from Chad Crowl and Jeff Carroll.

The Lions then clinched the game with a five-run fifth in which Nick Collins hit a two-run single. Crowl, Collins and David White had two hits each for the Lions.

Starter Fred Aquilar was the winner, pitching four innings, giving up four unearned runs and striking out six.

Reedy's Auctioneers pulled to an 8-3 lead midway through the game and held off Farmers and Merchants Bank, 8-7. John Etzel was a big force for the winners, going 3-for-3 with two walks and scoring three runs. Josh Peltzer helped with a 3-for-5 effort and two RBI.

Eric Giffi led Farmers and Merchants with a 3-for-4 game, three runs and two RBI. Jason Wagner supported with 2-for-4, two runs and an RBI, and Roger Bauer was 2-for-3.

13-15 boys -- The Cubs, third-place finishers in the regular season, took the top spot in the Westminster Babe Ruth league's postseason tournament. They clinched the title with a 9-4 win over the Orioles.

The Cubs never trailed after Tim Frame and Chris Jennings hit two-run singles in a seven-run third inning. Frame and Chad Mathias had two hits each in the game for the winners.

Mathias was dominant on the mound in the Cubs' earlier tournament games. Mathias beat the league champ Rangers and the runner-up Orioles. He gave up four runs to the those two teams, striking out an average of 11 each game.

The Orioles had ousted the Rangers, 9-5, in the final losers bracket game to qualify for the final. The winners rolled to a 9-0 lead after five innings behind the no-hit pitching of Denny Bowers.

Matt Crum and Jeff Haines each had two hits for the Orioles in that game, and Haines drove in two of his team's four runs in the final against the Cubs.

Youth softball Under 14 girls -- The North Carroll Cougars, who won an Amateur Softball Association State championship two weekends ago, have another crown.

The Cougars won three of four games to capture the Pony East Zone Softball Tournament's 13-14 championship last weekend at Catonsville Middle School.

The winners edged the Freedom Firebirds, 5-4, and also beat Catonsville, 9-4, and Elkridge, 38-4. Their loss was to Howard County, 7-4.

Freedom, also 3-1, placed second to North Carroll in the five-team 13-14 bracket because the latter gave up three fewer runs in its games. The Freedom Flames went 4-2 to finish third in the tourney's seven-team 12-under bracket.

The three local teams earned berths in the Pony nationals, which will be held in Round Rock, Texas, Aug. 4-8.

11-12 girls -- The Edgers won five of six games last weekend to win the Westminster Jaycees Girls Softball Ponytail Division postseason tournament.

The champs pulled away with nine runs in the late innings to beat the regular-season champion Waves, 14-11, in Sunday evening's championship game. Sindi Stem's three-run, fifth-inning homer broke a 5-5 tie for the Edgers.

Stem was 4-for-4 with two home runs and two doubles, and Mary Dickensheets was 2-for-4 with a home run for the winners, who had 19 hits.

For the Waves, Lizzie Curtin was 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI, Kelly Wagner was 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBI and Rachel Flint was 2-for-4 and played an excellent defensive game at third base.

The Waves had forced that final game by beating the Edgers, 16-15, in their previous contest. The Waves trailed 12-6 in the home fifth, but scored nine runs in that inning to go ahead 15-12. Claire Panek's two-run triple and Marci Arbutis' two-run single highlighted the big rally.

The Edgers, though, rallied to forge a 15-15 tie before Kim Mathias' RBI single in the home seventh won it for the Waves. Stem was 4-for-4 with two homers for the Edgers, and Kerry Cromey, Karen Herbert and Chris Roulette each added three hits.

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