Spring teams slosh their way to midway point

April 10, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It doesn't seem the time yet, but the rain-disrupted spring season is at the midway point. At least its supposed to be there.

There's been no flow to the season, with athletic directors busy looking for reschedule dates instead of coaches calling in scores. Now, it's time to play the important county games and teams still are a bit unsettled.

In baseball, it seems more games have been postponed or suspended because of darkness than played -- particularly at North Carroll.

The Panthers (0-1) had yesterday's county opener against South Carroll postponed. It will be made up tomorrow. Today, they take on No. 6 Franklin in a game that was originally slated for March 10, and Friday they come back to take on No. 5 Westminster. Three tough games in three days.

"It's frustrating, and been a crazy season," North Carroll coach Denny Snyder said. "Typically, coaches can get by with three pitchers but there may be a situation later where we may have to play four games in a row. Everybody's in the same boat so I just have to smile and be glad I have a good group of kids. They understand the situation and we're going to do the best we can with the circumstances."

The Panthers have 16 games to get in before they close the season against Linganore on May 7, which is 27 days away. Included is a suspended game at Hammond in which the Panthers were leading, 4-3, in the middle of the seventh. The Panthers will have to travel to Hammond to try and get three outs for the win.

In boys lacrosse, No. 14 South Carroll (2-1) takes on county foe Westminster (4-0) in Winfield on Friday having played its last game on March 25.

Another big county game Friday will take be on the softball diamond with North Carroll traveling to Westminster.

Hall adds four

Four new members were added to the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame at a dinner banquet last Wednesday at Carroll Community College in Westminster.

Ed Bollinger, Kim Duppins, Fern Hitchcock Jr. and Becky Martin were this year's honorees, bringing the total members to 14 since the Westminster Rotary Club formed the Hall three years ago.

Bollinger was a football, basketball and track-and-field standout at Westminster High before attending Villanova University and earning three varsity letters in football in the mid-1960s.

Duppins was a standout basketball player at Francis Scott Key and went on to earn regional All-American status at Memphis State University.

When she finished her career at Memphis State in 1982, Duppins ranked in the top 10 in 10 career categories, including third in rebounding (1,163), third in steals (281) and fifth in scoring (1,835 points).

At Key, Duppins set school records in total points (942), points in a season (487) and rebounds in a season (394). In 1987, she coached the Key girls team that reached the state semifinals.

Hitchcock was a longtime baseball manager and trainer at Western Maryland College.

From 1963 to 1977, he guided the Western Maryland baseball team to 10 Middle Atlantic Conference divisional titles and finished with a 152-99-3 career record.

Hitchcock spent 25 years as a trainer at the college and five at the Baltimore Colts training camps.

Martin was a four-sport standout at Westminster High and Western Maryland College, where she now coaches the women's basketball team.

In 1980, she became the first woman in Western Maryland College basketball history to score 1,000 points.

Terror take 2 in softball

The Western Maryland College softball team scored 48 runs on Monday in a doubleheader sweep of Centennial Conference foe Haverford.

The Green Terror (14-2, 8-0 in the CC) opened the day with a 26-1 rout and closed it with a 22-3 win.

Sophomore Julie Backof (Westminster) had a big day at the plate, hitting a grand slam and two doubles in the opener before adding a pair of triples in the second game. She finished with eight RBIs. Freshman January Scott went 6-for-6 for the day with eight runs scored.

The wins extended the Green Terror's win streak to six games.

Men's lacrosse squad 8-0

While we're on the subject of winning streaks, the Western Maryland men's lacrosse team is off to its best start ever after improving to 8-0 with its 16-4 win over Swarthmore on Saturday.

Sophomore Bo Schrott had five goals and an assist for the Green Terror, which is ranked 19th in the U.S. Intercollegiate Association Division III poll.

Pub Date: 4/10/96

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