N. Carroll stops Liberty

March 31, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

North Carroll pitcher Mike Huller had the Liberty Lions totally baffled for most of yesterday in Hampstead.

The junior left-hander struck out 13 Lions and had a no-hitter going into the seventh before settling on a two-hit, 4-1 Panthers win.

Huller retired 19 of 20 batters, including the first 10 in order. Bill Shaffer was the only Liberty batter to reach base -- that came on a fourth-inning infield error.

With the Panthers (1-2) in control, leading 4-0 and one out in the seventh, Liberty shortstop Jon Barnowski ended the no-hit and shutout bid with a towering home run over the fence in left-center.

"Huller pitched fabulous," said first-year coach Denny Snyder.

"He had good location and was moving the ball around well. He threw one bad pitch all day. The guys also did a good job defensively."

Liberty pitcher Chris Devins had his way until the Panthers got to him for one run in the fourth and three more in the fifth. He also went the distance, allowing only three hits.

Huller walked to start the fourth and stole second and third before coming in on a Kris Heefner sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.

The game-winning run came in the fifth when Jason Bresler scored on a suicide squeeze bunt off the bat of Jason Tawney.

"We created some runs. One of our strong points is speed and we like to play aggressive baseball. In a game like today when you're not scoring runs, you have to be aggressive. Three hits and scoring four runs, that's a credit to the team any time you can do that," Snyder said.

Jason Hann drove in the last two Panther runs with a single in the fifth.

It was the first career win for Snyder, who replaced Randy Clark after coaching the junior varsity last season.

"It feels good to get this first win. You could see our guys starting to relax more late in the game. After two close losses, it was important to get a win before the Easter break," he said.

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