N. Carroll deals with shrinking schedule

Nineteen-game season now down to 16 dates

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March 23, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

As if Wednesday's opening day rainout against Franklin wasn't bad enough, North Carroll baseball coach Denny Snyder found out Tuesday night that the Francis Scott Key Tournament his team participates in during Easter break has been canceled for lack of teams.

Harford Tech and St. John's -Prospect Hall both backed out of the tournament.

Snyder, who doubts that the Franklin game can be rescheduled, now is looking at an incredible shrinking schedule of 16 games instead of 19 games.

"I've become used to rainouts and we're lucky we have indoor mounds and a batting cage, but we were ready to play Wednesday and had had a good scrimmage with Catonsville. The kids are anxious to go and this is a setback, but we'll fine tune them inside."

The FSK cancellation was unfortunate, but Snyder said the players will be able to enjoy some extra time with their families.

"And it comes in the middle of the season so we'll be able to rest some pitching arms," Snyder said. "We'll deal with it and keep smiling."

Mix-up at Liberty

Liberty also didn't play its opening day baseball game Wednesday, but not because of the weather. A scheduling mix-up had the Lions playing Franklin on Wednesday - the same day North Carroll had scheduled Franklin.

The mistake means that the defending county and Central Maryland Conference champion Lions won't play their first game until April 2 against Westminster.

"Then we play 14 games in April, so if we get any rain in April we'll get backed up," coach Erik Barnes said.

"We used to play North Carroll and South Carroll three times during the regular season, but dropped the third game against them this season, and instead picked up Pikesville and Catonsville," Barnes said.

Fortunately, this latest rainy weather system won't cost the Lions any games.

"But any coach would rather have his team on the field," Barnes said.

And if April rains do come, Barnes is lucky that his team plays on the best draining field in the county.

"It drains so quickly that we can often play when other teams cancel," Barnes said.

Eagles, Lions try again

Today is the third day of the baseball season and Francis Scott Key already has two rainouts. The Eagles were scheduled to play the Walkersville Lions on Wednesday, rescheduled for yesterday and were postponed again.

The two teams will meet at 3 p.m. tomorrow in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

The Eagles are the only team that plays its entire schedule within its own league - and does not play any county teams.

Eagles coach Jamie Hitchner had mixed feelings about the cancellation of his school's Easter tourney.

"We're thin on pitching so it might be a blessing," he said.

Spalding's Gunther out

Missy Gunther, the starting catcher for the No. 1 Archbishop Spalding softball team, is expected to miss two weeks after dislocating her left thumb and tearing some ligaments in her left hand, according to coach Linda Taylor.

Rescheduled games

Inclement weather produced many rescheduled events. Here's a list of games and makeup dates.

Today: F.S. Key at Westminster tennis, 4 p.m. Tomorrow: F.S. Key at Walkersville baseball, 3 p.m.; F.S. Key at Walkersville, softball, 3 p.m. Monday: Westminster at River Hill girls lacrosse, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday: Howard at F.S. Key boys lacrosse, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday: Wilde Lake at North Carroll boys lacrosse, 7 p.m. Thursday: Catonsville at South Carroll boys lacrosse, 7 p.m.; South Carroll at Howard girls lacrosse, 3:30 p.m.; North Carroll at Liberty track, 4 p.m. March 30: North Carroll at Wilde Lake girls lacrosse, 3:30 p.m. March 31: South Carroll at Dulaney baseball, 11 a.m. April 2: River Hill at Westminster boys lacrosse, 7 p.m. April 17: Catonsville at South Carroll baseball, 4 p.m.

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