Robinson leads Owls to 7-4 win

May 06, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Iron man, rubber arm and Jell-o arm.

All those names are being used these days to describe Westminster senior right-hander Jeremy Robinson, who turned in another outstanding route-going pitching performance yesterday in a 7-4 victory over North Carroll.

Robinson scattered seven hits, struck out 13, walked two and allowed two earned runs as he pitched the Owls closer to a share of the Carroll County championship.

Robinson threw 136 pitches and seemingly refused to come out of the game no matter how many times co-coaches Carl Rihard and Guy Stull had relievers warming up.

"It was a typical Jeremy Robinson game," said Stull. "Two hours and 45 minutes long, 136 pitches and a win."

Robinson has five complete-game wins among the six victories for the Owls (6-6 overall, 5-3 in the Central Maryland Conference, 4-1 in the county).

Westminster and South Carroll are tied for first place in the county with one game to play.

South Carroll completes its county schedule today, visiting North Carroll at 4:30 p.m.

Westminster winds up its county play Monday at Liberty for a 4:30 game. If the Owls and Cavaliers win their last games, they will be co-champs.

Robinson outpitched the more-heralded Mike Huller of North Carroll yesterday and continues to be one of the surprise pitchers in the county.

Huller, a left-hander, was expected to be the best in the county but has fallen on some hard times along with the Panthers (4-10, 2-9, 1-4).

North Carroll has lacked timely hitting, and defense and speed have not been enough.

B. J. Hanley hit a towering home run over the right-field fence in the first inning off Huller. Huller was trailing 7-1 when he left after five innings.

One of the seven Westminster runs was unearned, but Huller gave up a run-scoring triple to Ryan Starliper and a double to right-center by Jason Magin in addition to Hanley's home run.

Huller allowed eight hits, struck out six and issued three walks.

"They [Owls] hit Mike harder today than the last time [2-1 North Carroll loss]," said North Carroll coach Denny Snyder. "It's just been a frustrating season. We play well enough defensively to keep us in games, but we don't hit enough and we don't hit at the right time. We had our leadoff hitter on three times today and didn't score."

Snyder said he was encouraged by two scoreless innings of relief pitching from Jason Tawney, but it proved to be too little, too late.

For Westminster, there are hopes for a Central Maryland Conference title as well as the Carroll County championship.

Thomas Johnson (7-3), Westminster (5-3) and South Carroll (6-4) are in the CMC title hunt.

Rihard said: "We're hitting the ball the way we want to, but we're still making too many physical and mental errors. You can't help the physical errors, but the mental mistakes kill you."

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