Spriggs, Frederick too much for Liberty One-hitter, 12 strikeouts lead way to an 8-0 romp

April 25, 1996|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Kristian Spriggs' pitching clinic continued its tour through Carroll County yesterday.

The stop was Eldersburg, where the Frederick left-hander tossed a one-hitter to lead the visiting Cadets to an 8-0 win over Liberty.

Spriggs kept Liberty guessing, mixing his fastball with a sharp, slow curve and adding in an occasional knuckleball, which he learned to throw over the summer. He finished with 12 strikeouts and allowed just a ground single up the middle by Chris Intriago in the third.

Carroll teams have seen it all before from Frederick's senior ace. He's 3-0 against Carroll competition this season with a 1-0 win over No. 6 Westminster and a two-hit, 11-strikeout performance against South Carroll.

"There's nothing you can do when you got a pitcher like that on his game," said Liberty coach Steve Insley, whose Lions drop to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the Central Maryland Conference. "There's nobody in the state who can touch him when he's on like that, let along the conference or this county. He just had it all working, command of all his pitches."

Spriggs' outing overshadowed a pretty good effort from Liberty starter Tim Shifflett, who retired the first seven batters he faced before having control problems. Shifflett struck out seven and allowed just four hits in 5 1/3 innings but walked six -- four of which scored.

"Tim pitched real well. The walks have killed us all year long, though," Insley said. "It was a tough matchup -- our best against their best -- and [Spriggs] had a little more."

Spriggs retired 15 of the first 16 Liberty batters before a walk and an error put runners on second and third with no out in the sixth. He struck out Liberty leadoff hitter Shawn Rausch, got Ryan Renehan to ground out to first and then got out of the inning by striking out Tom Stevens.

"I went with my bread-and-butter fastball, my curve was on today and I mixed in the knuckleball," Spriggs said. "I didn't have a changeup to go to, so I started working on the knuckleball over the summer."

Frederick (9-4, 4-2 in the CMC) got all the runs it needed in the third when Mike Windsor walked, stole second and scored on a single by Bo Harper.

Spriggs provided some offense as well, stealing home in the fourth and hitting an RBI double in the sixth.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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