Cavs struggle past Linganore, 4-3

April 06, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

No one promised it would be easy for the South Carroll Cavaliers. Or pretty.

The Cavs took an early lead and then used four pitchers to hold off visiting Linganore, 4-3, yesterday in a Central Maryland Conference game in Winfield.

The final Linganore rally came in the top of the seventh after it had cut the Cavs' lead to 4-3 with a run in the sixth.

South Carroll coach Joe Foltz went to junior left-hander Zach Hollman to shut the door with Linganore runners on first and second and one out.

Hollman hit the first batter he faced, Nate Furr, to load the bases before getting Steve Nicholas to pop out to second and closing out the game with a catch of a foul ball near the visitors' dugout along the third-base side.

"That's a big out and he got the pop-up at second before that," Foltz said. "That's the first time he pitched since scrimmages. He's had shoulder problems and hasn't been able to pitch. We were looking to try and get him some work over the weekend, but it didn't work out. Basically, he helped himself out of our jam. That's nice our fourth pitcher of the day can come in and do the job like that."

For a while, it seemed like the Cavs (5-2) were going to take up right where they left off on Saturday when they won the Cardinal Gibbons Tournament with wins over Annapolis, 10-4, and Centennial, 11-2.

They took a 3-0 first-inning lead on a run-scoring single by Brad Schulze and a two-run error by Linganore starting pitcher Bill Holley.

But it turned out all four of the Cavalier pitchers -- starter Kile Maxcy, Ron White, Schulze and Hollman -- would run into problems, but all also would find ways to get an out.

Maxcy, who got the win before leaving in the fourth, ran into problems in the second. He gave up two runs to cut the Cavs' lead to 3-2 before getting out of the inning.

With the two runs already in and Nate Furr on third and only one out, Schulze, playing third base, cleanly fielded a Dave Renninger grounder and went to the plate to cut down Furr. Maxcy then struck out leadoff hitter Mitch Schwartzbeck to end the inning.

The Cavaliers got one back in the bottom of third when Maxcy sent a run-scoring single up the middle to score Bryan Herche, who opened the inning with a walk and later stole second.

"Pitching-wise, we were pleased, but some of the guys were a little let down on the hitting," Foltz said.

"They thought they'd come out and hit the ball like they did on Saturday, but I told them every day brings something different. We had a lot of luck today."

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