Maxcy busy making his mark

April 08, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

It was a sharp ground out to second. The rest of Saturday was pretty much perfect for Kile Maxcy.

The South Carroll junior went 7-for-8 in wins over Annapolis and No. 13 Centennial to help lead the Cavaliers to a surprise win of the Cardinal Gibbons baseball tournament.

The left-handed-hitting Maxcy, who pitches and also plays first and outfield, started the day with a single against Annapolis. He followed that with a triple. Next came the ground out and then another single. Everything he hit was pulled to the right side. The Cavaliers came away with a comfortable 10-4 win.

It only got better for Maxcy and the Cavs in the second game -- an 11-2 romp of Centennial.

Double, triple, double, double. With the Centennial pitchers throwing a little harder, most of those shots were drives to center. He finished the day with three RBIs and three runs scored.

In all his days of playing baseball -- he began when he was 5 -- Maxcy never came close to having a day like the one he enjoyed Saturday. He also doesn't anticipate ever having another one like that.

"That's a one-time deal," said Maxcy. "I can remember maybe going 4-for-4 when I was younger, but nothing like that. It was like a dream come true. I felt pretty good, relaxed with some real nice weather. It was a perfect day for ball."

A perfect day indeed for South Carroll. And nobody enjoyed watching Maxcy's effort more than Cavalier coach Joe Foltz.

"Not in any of my seven years [of coaching] had I seen anything like that," he said. "I'm sure it's been done before, but not in any of the games I've been at."

When Maxcy's not at the plate for the Cavs, chances are he's on the mound. He followed Saturday's effort with a 4-3 win against Linganore on Tuesday. His single up the middle drove in the Cavaliers' fourth run.

He's 2-1 on the season with one save and a 2.33 earned-run average. In 15 innings of work, he's allowed five runs and has walked only four.

It doesn't take long to notice Maxcy and his animated ways on the mound. He loves to challenge hitters and occasionally tells them so.

He was at his best when going up against defending county champ Westminster earlier in the season. He pitched four shutout innings in relief and scored the winning run to give the Cavs a 5-4 win and an early edge on the Owls in the race for the county crown.

"I've been playing with those guys from Westminster all my life. I just wanted to beat them," he said.

"I throw a fastball, curve and an occasional change-up. I just look for my spots inside and outside and like to challenge the hitters."

The Cavaliers are 5-2 after their win against Linganore on Tuesday and Foltz is getting plenty of production from his three-four-five hitters. Senior Brad Schulze is hitting .474; junior Jeremy Hancock is hitting .450 in the clean-up spot and Maxcy is batting .500 behind him. "I think we all were a little tentative last year being so young and the experience is paying off this year. There's a lot of high hopes on this team right now," Maxcy said.

"Last year, I batted around .190 or so, but played a lot more ball with the Carroll County Rangers -- that really helped a lot."

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