The unbeaten Westminster Owls found a different way to win yesterday, scratching and clawing for 10 innings with visiting Linganore before coming away with a 3-2 win.
Senior right-hander Andy Marsiglia went all 10 innings to get the win. Jason Harrison, who was not in on the decision, was just as effective for the Lancers. He went nine innings, allowing just two hits before giving way to Duane Griffiths in the 10th.
The No. 9 Owls (7-0) came into the game averaging 10 runs a game, but had to battle for everything they got.
Denny Bowers chopped a single down the third-base line to score Mike Peters from second with one out in the 10th for the game-winner. Peters beat out an infield single and took second on a low throw from short.
"We had to see a good pitcher to see how good we were," said Westminster co-coach Carl Rihard. "This was a good pitcher and it was nice to walk away with a win."
Rihard also was impressed with the effort he got from his own pitcher. Marsiglia, who did a good job of keeping the Linganore batters guessing with a good slider and curve, allowed eight hits and appeared to get stronger as the game went on. He gave up just one hit in the three extra innings.
"I was glad the coach let me keep going. My arm felt fine," Marsiglia said. "Linganore has a good team and it shows what our team is made of. The guys did a great job behind me."
Most of Marsiglia's defensive help came from third baseman Ryan Starliper, who kept the score tied with a big play in the top of the 10th. The Lancers (4-5) had runners on first and second with one out when Griffiths sent a sharp grounder to Starliper, who grabbed it before tagging third and throwing to first for the double play.
"The ball was hit hard so I knew I had time to get the double play," Starliper said. "This was one of our first close games. The defense was excellent, but we need to hit a little better."
With the score tied at one in the fourth, he charged a dribbler down the line and threw off-balance to get Doug Wallace at first to end a possible Linganore rally.
Westminster took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Kevin Warfield sent a tailing liner off the glove of Wallace in center. He moved to second on Brian Tozer's sacrifice bunt and to third on Steve Mays' sacrifice fly. He scored on a wild pitch from Harrison with two outs.
Linganore tied the game in the sixth when Griffiths singled with one out, stole second and one out later stole third. Tozer's throw to third was wide, enabling Griffiths to score.
The Lancers had a chance to go ahead in the inning when Harrison singled with two out and reached second on a wild pitch. Jason Neill sent a grounder to short that handcuffed Paul Reter, who recovered in time to throw out Harrison.