T. Johnson masters S. Carroll

March 31, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Sun Staff Writer

The Thomas Johnson baseball hex over South Carroll continued yesterday.

Thomas Johnson scored seven runs in two innings after being no-hit by Zach Hollman for three innings, and the Patriots went on to a 9-4 victory in a Central Maryland Conference game at South Carroll.

It was just last May that Thomas Johnson defeated South Carroll, 6-5, in the 3A West Region championship game, making it the second time in the past three years that Thomas Johnson had prevented the Cavaliers from going to the state 3A tournament.

But yesterday the 11th-ranked Cavaliers were primed for a bit of revenge, jumping off to a 2-0 lead after three innings behind Hollman.

Then everything started to go sour for Hollman in the fourth inning when Danny Smith lifted a double down the right-field line with the bases loaded and one out.

Two runs scored and a throwing error by right-fielder Wes Gibson allowed Smith to take second and Brad Lowe to advance to third.

Hollman then walked Jason Brennar to load the bases for Jessie Tomalewski who sent a towering fly ball to left that went for a two-run double, sending the Patriots ahead, 4-2.

The Tomalewski double knocked Hollman out of the game, and Gary Miller came on to retire the Patriots without any more damage.

South Carroll (4-2 overall, 0-1) came back to tie the game at 4 in the last of the fourth inning on Hollman's homer and a run-scoring single by Miller.

Thomas Johnson (4-1, 2-0) answered with three runs in the fifth for a 7-4 lead on Lowe's two-run triple to right and Scott Malasky's single to center.

South Carroll had jumped ahead, 2-0, on Jeremy Hancock's run-scoring double to center in the first inning and Kile Maxcy's run-scoring triple to right in the third.

"It's been a long week for us," said first-year South Carroll coach Bradley Collins. "We lost our first game of the year to Atholton [9-4] Monday, came back to beat a good Glenelg team [fifth-ranked] Tuesday and then had to face a Thomas Johnson team that simply knows how to win games."

Thomas Johnson coach Jim Foit praised Brennar, who allowed seven hits, struck out six and walked two.

"I was a little concerned about his arm in the late innings because of the cold weather but he hung in there," Foit said.

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