Frederick's wacky three-run third foils S. Carroll, 3-0

April 16, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

South Carroll coach Joe Foltz said he would not give up the sport because of a nightmarish day like yesterday.

But he could be forgiven if he did.

Frederick scored all three of its runs in a bizarre third inning to send the Cavaliers down to a 3-0 defeat in a Central Maryland Conference game at South Carroll.

The Cadets used a line drive single to right by catcher Tim Gehring, a double steal, three passed balls, three walks and two wild pitches to score three runs in the third inning, which most likely will keep Foltz awake for a few nights.

Only one of the three runs was earned and that was enough for Frederick pitcher Brian McClellan who set South Carroll down on three hits while walking one and striking out four.

Frederick coach Phil Rhodes said: "When Brian is throwing the way he did today, we don't have too many worries. I thought he pretty much blew them away."

McClellan said he used a slider most of the day to "get those guys out."

But Foltz saw the game differently.

"I don't think McClellan blew us away. It was just that we were hitting the ball too much on the ground. Anyway, we've been in a hitting slump lately," he said.

South Carroll (6-4 overall, 3-3 in the league) now has been shut out in back-to-back games by Glenelg and Frederick and only scored two runs in a win over Liberty.

But the Cavaliers did outhit Frederick, 3-2, yesterday.

The winners (6-4, 3-2) had only the third-inning single by Gehring, and Brian Kapp's single to left in the seventh inning.

But there were just too many problems in the third inning for South Carroll catcher Jeremy Hancock and starting pitcher Brad Schulze.

And to make matters worse, the South Carroll infield botched a scheduled tag play on the double steal that resulted in Frederick's first run scoring from third.

"We had a tag play on and we were supposed to tag the runner going to second and give up the run going home," said Foltz. "We figured one run wouldn't beat us. But we didn't tag the runner and tried to get the guy at the plate. If we had tagged the runner that would have been the second out and they wouldn't have scored any more than one run in the inning."

After the game-deciding third inning, Kile Maxcy came on to pitch in the fourth and shut down the Cadets the rest of the way.

But South Carroll only threatened once the remainder of the game, putting runners on second and third with two out in the fourth.

However, designated hitter Mike Paull grounded out to short to end the inning.

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