No. 9 Owls get revenge over Liberty

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

A couple of weeks back, the Liberty Lions played a near-flawless game in handing the Westminster Owls their first loss of the season.

Yesterday's rematch bore little resemblance to that one.

The Owls took advantage of four Liberty errors in the first three innings to take a six-run lead and coasted from there, coming away with an 8-3 win in Eldersburg.

Some clutch hitting to take advantage of the miscues also played big and while pitcher Chris Cash wasn't overpowering, he was resourceful in going the distance.

Leadoff hitter Steve Mays led the nine-hit attack for the Owls (13-2) with a single, double, triple, three RBIs and two runs scored.

"The whole team seems to be coming out of the hitting slump, hopefully it will continue to come around," said Mays.

Mays got things started for the Owls in the first with a sharp grounder down third. He scored when Ryan Starliper followed with a triple to right.

The Lions (8-5) appeared to be out of the inning after starter Daryl Knight got the next two batters out, but B.J. Hanley reached when second baseman Jon Felmey's throw to first was low, allowing Starliper to score.

Three more infield errors in the third helped the Owls put up four more runs to boost the lead to 6-0. Mays provided a two-out triple to right to score two in the rally.

"We practically gave them their first four runs and we don't play from behind well, as it showed today," said Liberty coach Steve Insley.

"We just had some crucial mistakes in the infield and you can't make them against a good team like Westminster."

Westminster co-coach Carl Rihard was pleased to see the bats come around. Earlier in the week, the Owls had to scratch out a 1-0 win over Linganore.

"We haven't been hitting the ball, but did today -- I'm pleased," he said. "[Liberty] made some mistakes. Had they not, it would have been another tight game. [At Westminster], they didn't make those mistakes."

The Lions hit the ball hard against Cash, who allowed six hits and three runs, but the Owls' defense always seemed to be there.

Jon Barnowski (homer, triple, three RBIs) found the gap in right center with one out in the second. But he was stranded after Westminster second baseman Kevin Warfield dove to his right to catch a Matt Horrell liner and Chris Devins flied out.

But in the seventh, Barnowski hit a liner to right that bounced over Hanley's head for a two-run homer.

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