Robinson, Owls quiet Liberty, 15-1

May 10, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

Westminster right-hander Jeremy Robinson used his wicked knuckleball to strike out 12 Liberty hitters and pitch the Owls to a 15-1 victory at Liberty, clinching at least a share of the Carroll County high school baseball championship.

Westminster (5-1 in the county) and South Carroll (4-1) will wind up the season tied for first unless Liberty (1-4) can upset South Carroll today in a 4:30 p.m. game at South Carroll.

If South Carroll wins today, Cavaliers assistant coach George Hancock and several of his players have said they would love to meet Westminster in a one-game playoff for the county title.

Many Owls players also said yesterday they would love to play South Carroll for the championship.

Hancock said admission could be charged to the game, with proceeds going to the two schools for computers or other items.

But Westminster co-coach Carl Rihard said: "It [playoff game] will never happen. In the first place, there is no baseball facility in Carroll County where you could close it off and charge admission.

"If you want to write something, write why doesn't Carroll County have a baseball facility like Frederick County has at McCurdy Field?" he said.

When Rihard was reminded that Taneytown has a town baseball park that is closed off, he said: "That is the only place you could play the game."

Yesterday, it was mostly all Robinson, on the mound and with the bat, for the Owls.

The senior, 5 feet 8, 150 pounds, allowed three hits and walked two, improving his record to 6-1 and ERA to 2.50 this season.

And in contrast to most of his six wins this year, Robinson needed to throw only 106 pitches yesterday.

He has been known to throw 136 pitches in route-going, seven-inning games.

Robinson (3-for-4) provided his own offense, hitting two triples and a single to drive in three runs.

On the mound, he seemed to get stronger the longer he pitched, striking out the last seven batters.

"I felt like I could have pitched another 10 innings," said Robinson.

"I just seem to get stronger as the game goes," he said. "My fastball wasn't working at the start, so that's why I went with the knuckleball."

First baseman Josh Gursky, who has come on strong at the plate for Liberty down the stretch, got two of the three hits off Robinson and drove in his team's run.

In addition to Robinson's hitting performance, Westminster (7-8 overall, 6-4 in the Central Maryland Conference) was helped by Mike Peters' three-run home run in the first inning and Ryan Starliper's two-run homer to center in the fourth inning.

Liberty (6-10, 3-7) coach Steve Insley said: "The way we played today we couldn't have beaten anybody. There wasn't one part of our game that was strong.

"It's hard to see how we can beat Frederick and Thomas Johnson and then not play well against Westminster or South Carroll," he said.

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