T. Johnson, Wyatt put S. Carroll on the run His 2-hitter, slam give Cavaliers 1st loss, 12-1

April 15, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

There's a philosophy at South Carroll that has the Cavaliers running a short sprint for every run they lose by.

The idea is to bring the team together a final time after a game.

"It's not punishment -- that's not South Carroll. It gives us a chance to refocus," said South Carroll coach Bradley Collins.

Until yesterday, when Thomas Johnson came to Winfield with left-hander Eric Wyatt, the philosophy hadn't been applied.

The No. 18 Cavaliers rattled off eight straight wins before running into a Thomas Johnson team that came armed and ready, handing South Carroll a 12-1 loss in a game that lasted five innings because of the 10-run rule.

"The main thing is we ran into a ballgame today and weren't ready to play ball," said Collins. "We have to keep the intensity level up for seven innings and we didn't do that today."

Wyatt was the key offensively as well as on the mound, where he allowed just two South Carroll hits, retired the last 10 batters -- striking out the side in the fifth to end the game.

He also hit a clutch two-out single to score two in the first and added a grand slam in the fourth. The Patriots (7-2) also got a two-run homer from David Stone in a four-run second.

The Patriots' two-run first was good two-out hitting from Wyatt. The four in the second was helped by a South Carroll infield error and Wyatt's two-out grand slam in the fourth came after South Carroll starter Bryan Pittinger hit Leroy Ambush with a pitch after having him down in the count, 0-2.

"We knew the importance of the game and that's how we've approached things all season. They jumped right on us," Collins said. "A play here and a play there could have changed the complexity and with a pitcher like Wyatt, you can't make those mistakes."

The Cavaliers take on county rival Westminster tomorrow.

"That will be another great test for us and that's what we'll focus our attention on," said Collins. "From March 1 to now, the kids have shown great maturity. Hopefully we can brush this one off and bounce back."

Pub Date: 4/15/97

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