Cavs show mound of improvement in winning tourney

April 03, 1994|By Rick Scherr | Rick Scherr,Special to The Sun

Just one year ago, the South Carroll baseball team averaged nearly seven runs a game -- and still finished 7-11.

That's because the Cavaliers' young pitching staff got hammered.

Coming into this season, coach Joe Foltz knew that if his mound staff gained confidence, the offense would take care of the rest.

And after yesterday's Cardinal Gibbons Tournament, it's so far, so good.

With a 10-4 win over Annapolis in the opener and an 11-2 win over 13th-ranked Centennial in the final, the Cavaliers won the four-team tournament in dominating fashion.

For Foltz, yesterday's near-flawless performance by the Cavaliers (4-2) was something he'd waited a long time to see.

"I don't think we could have played any better today," said Foltz. "Last year we were very young [with only two seniors]. This year, the pitching has just come around.

"Winning this tournament, and beating a team the caliber of Centennial, is a real confidence builder for us."

In the championship game, South Carroll starter Brad Schulze overpowered a Centennial lineup that had posted 17 runs in ......TC lopsided victory over Cardinal Gibbons earlier in the day.

The Eagles (3-1) -- who lost to Lansdowne in last year's Class 3A championship game -- managed only three hits, including two infield singles, against Schulze's assortment of fastballs and curves.

"I just went out there and tried to throw my best," said Schulze, who struck out nine and walked one.

South Carroll's potent lineup took care of the rest, battering Eagles starter Kurt Weitzel for nine runs on eight hits during his four innings of work. Centennial's No. 1 pitcher, David Hudson, was on a college visit and unavailable to play.

"We can come up with all kinds of excuses," said Centennial coach Ron Martin, "but the bottom line is they made good pitches and hit the ball."

The Cavaliers -- averaging nearly 10 runs a game -- were led at the plate by first baseman Kile Maxcy.

The left-hander went 4-for-4 against Centennial, and 7-for-8 on the day, driving in three runs and scoring three. Among his hits were two triples and a double.

"It's the best day I've ever had seeing the ball," said Maxcy.

After winning three straight Carroll County championships from 1990-1992, players say they knew the team had the talent to do better last year and they're trying to prove it.

"We had a decent team last year but we just didn't play up to our potential," said Schulze.

Said Maxcy: "I think we've got more fire this year. We just come out ready to play."

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