Westminster gets 21 hits, thumps N. Carroll

Bridges' 5-for-5 day helps Owls roll to 13-9 triumph

Baseball

May 06, 1999|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Only a sophomore, Westminster's Rafe Bridges often gets saddled with the menial post-game tasks reserved for the team's youngest members, such as raking dirt.

That duty seemed especially appropriate following yesterday's 13-9 win over visiting North Carroll, because he spent much of the game on the base paths messing them up.

Bridges went 5-for-5 with four RBIs, including a pair of run-scoring triples, as the Owls (8-9 overal, 6-5 Central Maryland Conference) knocked out a season-high 21 hits in avenging two previous losses to the Panthers.

Mired in a mini-slump of late, Bridges said the results made the post-game yardwork seem more bearable.

"Lately, I've been slumping, but today I just tried to go out and get my confidence back," said Bridges, who extended his team lead to 21 RBIs.

Said Westminster coach Scott Tobias: "He's a sophomore [who] just produces."

Following Tuesday's blowout loss to Thomas Johnson, and facing the prospect of getting swept by North Carroll (8-7, 4-6 CMC) in the season series, Tobias said the win could not have come at a better time.

"They always say it's tough to get a third win from a team. Thank goodness," he said. "The kids came out inspired today. It's good to see after a tough loss."

Bridges wasn't the only one with a stellar day at the plate, as Westminster's Brad Baker had four hits, and teammates Mike Taylor and Jesse Gist had three each. Between Bridges and Bakers, the Nos. 5 and 6 spots in the order went 9-for-10 with six RBIs.

"Today, we came out against a pitcher who was throwing pretty hard, and we were able to put the ball in play," said Tobias, whose team took a 3-0 lead in the first and took command with a five-run fourth.

For North Carroll coach Denny Snyder, it was a day of mixed emotions. While his team scored seven runs (four earned) against the Owls' Taylor, one of the county's top pitchers, the Panthers also could do little to stop Westminster's hitting.

"I was happy with the way we hit against Taylor," said Snyder, whose team has lost four straight. "We came out and scored a lot of runs and certainly gave ourselves enough chances there. Unfortunately, Westminster also came out and just pounded the ball today. Anytime you give up 21 hits, you've just got to tip your hat to the other team."

Pub Date: 5/06/99

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