South Carroll's Schulze joins a long line of top players

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

Brad Schulze is the latest, and one of the best, in a long line of outstanding baseball players to come out of South Carroll High.

He can hit, hit with power, run, play third base and pitch.

Two weeks ago, he turned the Linganore baseball field into a homer dome, hitting three home runs in one game off three different pitchers.

"That was a fun day," said Schulze. "The wind was blowing out, the dimensions down the line were 309 and 360 to center and I hit two to right-center and one to left-center. I guess that was pretty unusual to hit three in a high school game."

And the standout Cavalier said he was as shocked as everybody else was.

"I've hit mostly singles this season," he said. "Probably 70 percent of my hits have been singles."

That performance still has people buzzing around the Central Maryland Conference, and it most assuredly gained him a first-team All-Conference berth this season after making the second team last year.

The slugging display also enabled Schulze to continue rewriting the Cavaliers' baseball record books. No other South Carroll player has ever hit three home runs in game.

The senior who bats second in the lineup has already established career records for most home runs (7), most stolen bases (33), and he needs to score just two runs in the state Class 3A regionals for a career record of 67.

South Carroll (14-6) will begin play in the regionals Friday, meeting Bethesda-Chevy Chase at BCC at 3:15 p.m.

Also, Schulze has broken the single-season record for home runs with four and will break the season mark for hits (33) if he gets one in the regionals.

And there is more.

He leads South Carroll in nine offensive, defensive and pitching categories this season, and is second in four others.

Take a glance at these team-leading statistics and it's safe to say Schulze has given people something to remember him by in his final season.

He is hitting .485, has four home runs, 25 RBI, 25 runs scored, 19 stolen bases, 32 hits, is hitting .469 in scoring position, has an ERA of 1.78 and 48 assists from his third base position.

No wonder Schulze has high hopes that he will make the Virginia Tech baseball team as a walk-on next season when he enters the school to major in business.

If he is chosen to play for the Gobblers, he will join his brother, Steve, who is a sophomore pitcher on the team this season. Steve Schulze also made the squad as a walk-on.

But Schulze has some business to take care in the regionals and possibly the states in the next couple of weeks before he can concentrate on Virginia Tech.

The Cavaliers have closed with a rush to make the regionals and they just seem to be getting better and better, especially at the plate.

One Westminster player, who was hoping for a one-game showdown with South Carroll for the Carroll County championship, said: "Those guys are cocky."

To which Schulze responded: "When you're playing as well as we are right now, I guess it does make you a little cocky."

South Carroll and Westminster each finished 5-1 in the county to share the title. The Cavaliers also finished in a three-way tie for the CMC championship with Thomas Johnson and Frederick (all 8-4).

One of the primary differences between South Carroll and Westminster is speed, with the Cavaliers having more of it than the Owls.

Here's where Schulze comes in again.

He runs the 40 in 4.8 seconds and has the green light from coach Joe Foltz to steal any time he wants to. Schulze and Beck, the team's leadoff hitter, both have the freedom to steal on their own.

"I've had a lot of confidence all season long in every phase of my game except playing third," said Schulze. "It seems like I'm better off at third when I don't have time to think about it. Like I'm better off staring into space and then having the ball hit at me and just reacting. I have trouble when I have to field those slow rollers."

Oh by the way, South Carroll did win that three-homer game by Schulze by an 11-8 score.

The Cavaliers have won a lot during Schulze's three years on the team, going 39-19.

The third baseman/pitcher hit .280 as a sophomore, .380 as a junior and is threatening to hit .500 this season.

"Brad's a competitor and a tough kid who is working hard this season," said Foltz. "He's one of our best ever."

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