Atholton battles back within 1, but S. Carroll hangs on, 11-9

May 03, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham LTC | Glenn P. Graham LTC,Sun Staff Writer

Little has come easy to the South Carroll Cavaliers this season. Their 11-9 win at Atholton yesterday afternoon was no exception.

The Cavaliers (11-6) were cruising with a 9-1 lead before the Raiders (9-4) battled back to score seven runs in the fifth and close to within one.

After getting single runs in the sixth and seventh, the Cavaliers and reliever Ron White -- who worked two solid innings -- closed the door with a game-ending double play with the bases loaded.

"It took six outs to get us out of that inning and Ron came in and did the job for us," said South Carroll coach Joe Foltz.

Three Atholton errors mixed in with run-scoring singles by Jeremy Hancock and Mike Paull helped give the Cavaliers a 4-0 (( lead after one.

White, who went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs, had a two-out single that scored two in the third to give the Cavaliers a 7-0 lead.

Atholton finally got to South Carroll starter Kile Maxcy in the fifth.

Peter Yoder led off with a single and the Raiders had five straight hits one out later to chase Maxcy. Ryan Schneider hit a double down the third-base line to score two and Derrick Schneider followed with a single down the same line to score one more and make it 9-5. Wes Gibson relieved Maxcy and Atholton got to within 9-8 before the Cavaliers got out of the inning.

White pitched a scoreless sixth before yielding a run on two South Carroll errors before getting a 6-4-3 game-ending double play with the potential winning run on first. South Carroll second baseman Bryan Herche did a great job of turning the double play after getting the toss from shortstop Tim Beck.

Atholton coach Kevin Kelly said it was his team's seven errors that made the difference.

"It was nice of us to get back in it, but you just can't make seven errors against a good club like South Carroll and expect to win," he said.

"They booted the ball around some too, but made the plays when they needed to and also hit the ball pretty good."

Close wins are nothing new to the Cavaliers, along with plenty of runs. The Cavaliers, who had 13 hits -- including six doubles and a triple -- have scored 31 runs in winning their past three games. They beat Thomas Johnson, 9-8, in extra innings before knocking off Linganore, 11-8.

"Against Thomas Johnson, we came back twice with two outs in the seventh and ninth. It was the same thing against Linganore with [Brad] Schulze's homer," Foltz said.

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