SoftballThe National Softball Association's Class D men's...


August 10, 1993|By Mike Nortrup


The National Softball Association's Class D men's State championship tournament began Sunday at the Carroll County Sports Complex after rain had washed out Saturday's schedule.

Maggie's got off to a fast start, winning its first three games, before going flat in an 8-4 loss to Baltimore County-based Strapp's Sunday evening.

Maggie's, which went 24-4 to finish first in the Carroll Men's League's B Division, led all the way to beat the Grizzlies, 7-4, in its opener.

Bobby Bowers was 3-for-3 and Jimmy Janowitz, 3-for-4. Each had an RBI for Maggie's.

Jamie Lammey was 2-for-4 with two runs scored against that Upper Marlboro squad and Steve Schulg had a two-run triple for the winners. Maggie's, though, needed some luck and a two-run rally in its last at-bat to beat Canes 6-5 in the second game.

Pasadena-based Canes led 2-1 before Royal Chavious' booming three-run homer to center field put the locals ahead, 4-2, in the home third.

The Anne Arundel team rallied to lead 5-4 with Maggie's at bat in the bottom of the seventh.

But the Carroll team then got a big break when Canes booted a ground ball that probably could have been turned into a game-ending double play. Schulg scored from first base on that play with the tying run.

Then, with two outs, Lammey's line-drive single to left-center drove in the winning run.

Maggie's third game was also a nail-biter. They rallied for three runs in the bottom of the seventh to beat Eldersburg Inn, 12-11.

The latter, which had won the regular- and post-season titles in the South Carroll Athletic Association, scored six runs in the fourth to lead 10-6.

It still led 11-9 in the home seventh before Maggie's mounted its comeback.

Janowitz's sacrifice fly tied the score, and Tom Lanphear's single scored the clinching run.

Chavious was 3-for-4 with a two-run double and Janowitz went 2-for-2 with three RBI for Maggie's.

The latter, normally a catcher, played well at first base.

Strapps took the starch out of Maggie's Sunday evening.

In a game that wasn't as close as the final score indicated, Strapps had cruised to an 8-1 lead when the locals came up for their final at-bat.

Lammey's single and two sacrifice flies scored three runs, but Strapp's retired the side without further scoring.

Bachman Valley/Kopp's Lumber got off to an exciting start in the tournament with a 10-5 victory over the Panthers in nine innings.

Bachman, which plays in the Carroll County Men's League A Division, was clinging to a 5-5 tie as the Panthers threatened in the home seventh.

The Baltimore County-based squad had runners on first and third with one out, but did not score.

Bachman pitcher Ken Eckard speared a line drive and threw to first to double off the runner, ending the inning with the game still tied.

The locals finally won it two innings later, as Randy Weidner's RBI single broke the tie, Craig Keeney singled home another run, and Eckard completed the rally with a two-run single.

Bachman's Kevin Dell was 4-for-4, and Weidner and Doug Nichols each were 4-for-5.

Champs lost its opener to Ledo Pizza, but recovered to win its next two games.

The Westminster-based champs, which won the County Men's League's D Division regular-season title, also started out like winners against Ledo in Sunday's opener. It jumped ahead 5-0 in the top of the first inning.

Grover Sensabaugh singled home Champs' first run. Andy Steckel brought home three more when he crashed a line drive home run down the left-center field alley. But Ledo won, 8-6.

Champs later recovered to beat Salerno's 12-2.

Steckel's three-run homer paced a four-run first for Champs. It clinched the game against Eldersburg-based Salerno's with five in the fourth inning.

Dave Hoff's two-run triple and David Bowman's RBI triple were the big blows. Hoff was 3-for-3, scoring three runs.

Sunday afternoon, Champs scored two runs in the sixth inning to break a 5-5 tie and held on to beat Bayside Plumbing, 7-5.

The local squad again had a big first inning, as Sensabaugh's bases-loaded triple keyed a four-run frame. The Anne Arundel-based opponents, though, had tied the score by the sixth.

In the home sixth, however, Steckel and Untermahlen hit sacrifice flies to score two runs for the margin of victory.

In the seventh, Untermahlen also made the game's key defensive play. With two outs and the potential tying runs on base, he made a diving catch of a line drive in left-center field for the final out.

Artie's won its opener before losing twice to drop out of the tournament.

The locals defeated the Gamblers, 24-2, early Sunday. Artie's Al Ziegler and Mark Anderson each went 4-for-4, and Billy Beam, Rick Candy and Doobie Sellers were 3-for-4 against the Rockville-based Gamblers.

Artie's led the Yankees, 5-3, in the sixth inning of their second game. But the Hagerstown-based Yankees scored six in that inning to beat the locals.

Baltimore County-based Trojans A.C. edged Artie's 3-2 Sunday evening to knock it out of the tournament.

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