Cavaliers' shifts gear up offense

Altered lineup responds, produces 9-4 victory over first-place Linganore

April 27, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Prior to yesterday's key Central Maryland Conference game against first-place Linganore, South Carroll coach George Richardson made a shift in his starting lineup, moving torrid-hitting left fielder Jason Tourangeau up to second from near the bottom of the order.

The East Carolina-bound senior seemed to appreciate the endorsement.

Tourangeau went 3-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, two RBIs, two runs scored and three stolen bases, leading the No. 5-ranked Cavaliers to a 9-4 win to hand the visiting Lancers their first conference defeat.

"I told him the guys who stay the hottest will be the ones who bat up in front of the batting order, because you get more at-bats that way," said Richardson, who also shifted No. 2 hitter Scott Hinton to the No. 9 spot and saw the senior reach base twice and steal a base. "I think both of them came through."

The Cavaliers (8-3, 4-2 in the CMC) hit the ball hard throughout their lineup, pounding out 11 base hits in avenging an earlier 13-5 loss to the Frederick County power.

The win, in essence, kept South Carroll in the conference race, moving the second-place team to two games behind the Lancers (8-2, 7-1), and one in the loss column.

Tourangeau, who also pitched the final two innings and struck out six -- including four in the seventh because of passed balls -- is now eight for his last 11 at the plate, including a three-homer, eight-RBI performance two weeks ago against North Carroll.

"I've been seeing the curve ball really well," Tourangeau said. "A lot of people have been throwing me a lot of curveballs. I'm just getting used to hitting, learning to drive the ball into right field instead of pulling it."

Against starter David Huber, he singled in teammate Dan Tompkins to give the Cavaliers a 1-0 lead in the first, then hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to center as part of a five-run second. He later added leadoff singles in both the fourth and sixth.

His performance was one of many of note for South Carroll on the day, including those of center fielder Kevin Damiano (2-for-3, two RBIs), Tompkins (2-for-3, two runs scored) and pitcher Brandon Woodward, who allowed three runs on four hits to earn the win.

He did his best work after loading the bases with one out in the fourth, striking out Kevin Reaves and inducing Kenny Anthony into an inning-ending groundout, quashing the rally.

"That hurt. We definitely needed some runs there," said Linganore coach Aaron Duckett. "It was just wasn't one of our better efforts. I just think our intensity was a little off today, for whatever the reason. That's not to take anything away from them, because they swung the bats really well. We just ran into a really good pitcher.

"We're just going to chalk it up to biorhythms and South Carroll."

Pub Date: 4/27/99

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