South Carroll closes door on Beth-Chevy Chase, 4-2

May 21, 1994|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

BETHESDA -- Now, at least, they know about South Carroll in Montgomery County.

The fourth-seeded Cavaliers upset top-seeded Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 4-2, in a state Class 3A West Regional semifinal game yesterday.

South Carroll advances to today's 3A West championship game against third seed and host Thomas Johnson at 2 p.m. The Patriots gained the regional final yesterday with a 7-1 win over second-seeded Paint Branch.

It was all kind of amazing yesterday for unranked South Carroll (15-6).

Bethesda-Chevy Chase supposedly had the best pitcher in senior left-hander Jon Cross (8-0 record and 0.96 ERA entering the game), the top hitter who also happened to be Cross (.558 average) and the better team (14-2 record before the game).

But moments after the game was over, BCC coach Bill Wright said: "They might not respect South Carroll in Baltimore but we sure do here in Montgomery County."

The Cavaliers ended BCC's season behind the three-hit pitching of senior right-hander Brad Schulze and the hitting of Brian Herche, Tim Beck, Ronnie White and Jeremy Hancock.

Schulze took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and had a perfect game into the fourth. He had excellent control, walking only one and striking out five to frustrate the Barons.

"He wouldn't walk anybody and we couldn't hit him," said Wright. "He was throwing pretty hard. It's kind of funny our overall hitting kind of went south in the last five games of the year after we started out 12-0."

Schulze retired the first 10 hitters he faced before walking second baseman Dave Eisen in the fourth inning. But Eisen didn't score and Schulze survived a little more trouble in the fifth to take the no-hitter and shutout into the sixth.

That's when Cross, BCC's leadoff hitter, lined a solid single to center for the home team's first hit.

That first hit obviously shook Schulze up a little as he balked Cross to second and gave up two more hits in the sixth when the Barons scored both their runs.

"My curveball wasn't working in the sixth and that created some problems," said Schulze. "But I didn't panic. I was too pumped up for this game. I guess I was throwing close to 80 mph."

Only one of the BCC runs was earned as South Carroll made two errors in the inning.

But the Cavaliers had scored enough runs to win the game, with two in the third and two in the sixth for a 4-0 lead.

Herche, batting ninth, began the two-run third with a triple to right center and he scored on Beck's double down the left-field line. Beck moved to third on Schulze's groundout and scored one batter later when he avoided a rundown between third and home.

Eisen fielded Kile Maxcy's slow roller and threw the ball to third baseman Steve Scango, catching Beck in no man's land. But Scango threw the ball over catcher Ryery Rueda's head in an attempt to cut down Beck, allowing him to score for the 2-0 lead.

Then in the sixth the Cavaliers scored what proved to be the deciding runs on White's single to right and Herche's sacrifice fly to center.

Hancock was the only South Carroll player with two hits off Cross (who allowed seven hits, had nine strikeouts and two walks).

South Carroll coach Joe Foltz said: "I said we had to hit the ball to win and we did. We also got a couple of breaks and that was enough to win along with Brad's pitching. When he is on, we win."

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