Maxcy lifts S. Carroll to 5-4 win

March 26, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

South Carroll junior Kile Maxcy pitched four-plus innings of shutout ball and scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth to give the Cavaliers a 5-4 win over visiting Westminster yesterday afternoon in Winfield.

Maxcy came in to pitch with one out and a runner on second in the third inning after the Owls had tied the score at 4 with two runs off sophomore starter Tom Lewis.

The left-hander retired the first 10 batters he faced and got the win after doubling and scoring in the sixth.

"Maxcy did a real nice job. He was really pumped and wanted to start," said South Carroll coach Joe Foltz. "This was a good game that could have gone either way. It sure was exciting at the end."

The excitement came when the Owls (0-2) tried to rally in the top of the seventh.

Foltz looked to senior Brad Schulze to get the final out with Steve Mays -- a pinch runner for Brian Parker, who had a one-out single -- on second. Schulze walked leadoff hitter Jason Magin and the runners moved to second and third after a passed ball.

With Westminster's starting pitcher Jeremy Robinson up, a second pitch got by catcher Jeremy Hancock, who quickly recovered and threw to Schulze covering the plate to get Mays charging from third.

"I think Mays made the right decision," said Westminster coach Carl Rihard.

"It was starting to get dark, so he didn't get a chance to see the ball get by. He kind of reacted after seeing the catcher and that split second was all it took."

South Carroll (2-1) jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first when Hancock hit a long three-run homer to left.

Westminster got two runs back in the top of the second with a run-scoring triple by Tim Frank, who later scored on an infield single.

After South Carroll's Tim Beck hit an opposite-field triple to score Ron White to make it 4-2 after two innings, the Owls tied it in the third with a two-run double by B.J. Hanley.

Pitching and defense dominated the rest of the way, with Robinson settling down before giving way to Mark Winebrunner in the fifth.

Maxcy started tiring in the sixth when Paul Reter tripled with two outs. He was thrown out trying to take home on a wild pitch to end the inning.

In the Cavaliers' sixth, Hancock was thrown out on Maxcy's double. Robinson, now playing second, got the relay from right and threw a strike to catcher Peanut Alvarez.

Maxcy scored the game-winner in the sixth after Zach Hollman hit a hard shot through Reter at short.

Rihard said the early innings were tough because of the cold, windy weather. Robinson gave up two walks before Hancock's homer.

"They scored three runs on the one hit right at the start," he said.

"It's really tough playing in this weather. It's difficult for these guys to get ready."

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