South Carroll hands Glenelg first loss

March 29, 1995|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

The South Carroll Cavaliers were looking to get back on the field in a hurry after losing for the first time against Atholton on Monday.

The Cavaliers' opponent yesterday was a Glenelg team that hadn't seen the losing side of a game.

Now the Gladiators have a better idea what the Cavaliers were feeling the night before.

Senior pitcher Ron White settled down after giving up a couple of early runs, and catcher Jeremy Hancock led a balanced attack to pace No. 11 South Carroll to a 7-3 win over No. 5 Glenelg in Winfield.

White gave up two runs in the first inning and then just threw one bad pitch the rest of the way -- a Zac Guerra homer in the fourth -- in going the distance and coming away with the win.

Down 2-0, the Cavaliers (4-1) answered with a run in the second and two more in the third, fourth and fifth innings to pull away. Hancock scored three times, including a bases-empty homer in the fifth.

"We were a little down after [Monday] and were glad to get this one in," said South Carroll first-year coach Brad Collins. "We got a good effort all the way down the lineup. Ron White pitched a [good] game and Jeremy Hancock continues to hit the ball well."

The Cavaliers took a 3-2 lead in the third when Zach Hollman hit a bloop single between second and center to score Hancock.

Glenelg (2-1) tied it on Guerra's homer in the top of the fourth before the Cavaliers took the lead for good with two of their own in the bottom of the inning.

Jason Petroski hit a one-out single up the middle off Glenelg starter Ben Gugliotta.

With Petroski running, Wes Gibson poked a single along the right side of the infield with Glenelg second baseman Doug Gasch looking to cover the bag at second.

Guerra's throw to third was high, allowing Petroski to score and putting Gibson at third. He would score on a Todd Henry single with two out.

Glenelg coach Ed Ashwell said a combination of things beat the Gladiators.

"We didn't hit the ball very well and had some mental mistakes in the field," he said. "I thought Ben pitched a good ball game. We just have to hit the ball better throughout the lineup. The middle of the lineup is hitting well, but the rest isn't."

A lot of that had to do with White, who struck out the side in the second inning after the shaky first.

In the sixth inning, he gave up a leadoff double to Mike Goldberg, but retired the last six batters.

"I was a little nervous at the start, but got back into it and changed my pitches up a lot," White said. "It was a pretty big win. If we play up to our capabilities, we can beat a lot of teams."

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