South Carroll rebounds in grand style

Tourangeau hits 3 HRs in win over North Carroll


April 15, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jason Tourangeau and seventh-ranked South Carroll came up with a novel way to end their modest two-game losing streak yesterday.

They pounded it to a halt.

Tourangeau belted three home runs and had eight RBIs -- all in a span of two innings -- and starting pitcher Kevin Damiano threw a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 11 en route to a 23-0 thrashing of host North Carroll.

It was the Cavaliers' second blowout win this season over South Carroll following an 11-1 win in late March. This one, however, couldn't have come at a better time.

"It's something we really needed," said South Carroll coach George Richardson, whose team lost consecutive games to Westminster and Linganore, each after blowing 4-0 first-inning leads. "We didn't seem to be having fun [in the losses]. Today, the bench was in the ballgame and talking continuously."

The Cavaliers (5-2 overall, 1-0 in the county, 1-1 in the Central Maryland Conference) had plenty to talk about.

Tourangeau, a 6-foot-4 senior, who has signed to play next season at East Carolina, entered the day with just one home run in six games this season.

"I was seeing the ball really good," said Tourangeau, who hit a bases-empty homer in the third, then followed that up with a grand slam and a three-run shot as part of a 14-run fourth. "I felt like the ball was just moving in slow motion and I could do anything I wanted to."

He came up with a chance to hit his fourth in the fifth inning, but walked on four pitches.

It was the second three-homer game of his career -- the first coming last year in summer ball -- and all three came off different pitchers. They came after he failed to swing the bat during a first-inning strikeout.

"I told them, `Look fellas, you've got to go up there and swing the bat. You can't go up there and take pitches,' " said Richardson. "When he gets in a groove, he hits the ball well, and he was definitely in a groove today."

Though somewhat overshadowed, Damiano had an equally impressive game, collecting two hits -- including a first-inning home run -- driving in three and scoring three. On the mound, he was nearly unhittable, using a fastball clocked in the high 80s, a biting curve and a changeup to strike out the first four batters he faced while improving to 2-0.

North Carroll (5-2, 0-1, 1-1) did not advance a runner past second.

"We just came out ready to play today," said Damiano, who will be a closer next season at Penn State. "We didn't want to lose another game. We've been a little frustrated with losing, so this was really a big win for us."

South Carroll pounded out 14 hits, but was also helped by five errors, 10 walks and three hit batsmen. The Cavaliers sent 18 men to the plate in the fourth, scoring 14 runs on five hits.

No. 1 Arundel 6, North County 1: Desperately needing a win after 5-4 and 2-1 losses Monday and Tuesday to unranked Meade and Chesapeake, respectively, the Wildcats got a combined one-hitter from Dave Stallings and Star Kriger, as well as three bases-empty homers, two by shortstop John McCurdy.

Pub Date: 4/15/99

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