N. Carroll baseball team clicking on all cylinders

Pitching, hitting, defense contribute to 4-0 start


High Schools

April 06, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

North Carroll's baseball team is riding a wave.

Undefeated at 4-0, including extra-inning wins over Frederick (8-6) and Catonsville (3-2), a 2-1 thriller over South Carroll and a 10-3 trouncing of Thomas Johnson, the Panthers are getting the right blend of pitching, hitting and defense.

The defense is making all the simple plays, and the pitching is avoiding big innings.

"I can't say enough about the pitching," Panthers coach Denny Snyder said.

Sean Hampt outdueled South Carroll ace Bo Sauter, going seven innings and striking out 13 while allowing one run.

Chris Painter pitched 4 2/3 innings against Catonsville and was picked up by Ryan Myers, who finished off the Comets with 3 1/3 shutout innings to earn the win.

Painter then went seven innings against Thomas Johnson, allowing seven hits and one earned run.

Wednesday, Ryan Myers pitched 4 2/3 more innings of shutout relief, allowing three hits to earn the win over Frederick.

Not only is the pitching making the Panthers formidable, but the hitting also has been timely.

Matt Capece's double in the eighth inning against Frederick drove in the winning run, and Ryan Koch followed that with an RBI single for an insurance run.

Chris Anders' RBI single in the seventh inning against Catonsville forced extra innings. Jeff Yingling collected his third hit to win it with an eighth-inning double.

Against South Carroll, a game in which Sauter retired the first 13 he faced, Bryant Mann hit a two-run home run in the fifth inning to provide the winning margin.

"Every day there's a different hero. Dave Doarnberger had a big hit against Thomas Johnson," Snyder said. "We just keep finding ways to win."

Thomas Johnson knocked the Panthers out of the playoffs last season, and it was Patriots pitcher Tyler Wingerd who beat them then.

Wingerd was on the mound again Tuesday, but this time the Panthers did not try to pull his pitches.

"We had four or five hits the other way, and that's an example of how our approach is different this season," Snyder said. The Panthers scored six in the first inning and the Patriots never recovered.

The closeness of the games is taking a toll on Snyder, however.

"I've aged five years already," he said. "But this is a super group and the quickest we've come out of the gate in my eight years here."

The Panthers face perhaps their biggest test today when they play host to Urbana (3-1), a 5-4 winner over Liberty on Wednesday and a team many consider the one to beat in the Central Maryland Conference. Hampt is scheduled to pitch in the 4 p.m. contest.

Help wanted

North Carroll has openings for a boys varsity basketball coach and for a varsity football coach -- neither likely to be filled soon.

The basketball opening was created when girls basketball coach Sarah Palmer resigned after the season to spend more time with her family. Then, last week, boys basketball coach Bernie Koontz announced he was taking the girls job. He had formerly been the girls coach at Westminster.

Koontz's boys team had one of the school's most successful seasons, going 14-9 -- good enough to earn him The Sun's Carroll County Coach of the Year honor.

The search for Koontz's replacement is in the initial stage -- announcing the opening to teachers at the school.

"Six teachers have applied for the football opening," Rumbaugh said. "None of them are teachers at our school, and we want him to be in the building, so we're still waiting to see what teaching positions open up. Sometime this month we'll find out which teachers are retiring or transferring. Right now, it's a waiting game."

Ebaugh hurls no-hitter

Carroll Christian freshman pitcher Luke Ebaugh pitched a no-hitter in an 11-0 victory over Frederick on Monday.

In his first high school start, Ebaugh struck out 10 of the first 16 batters he faced. Ebaugh missed a perfect game only by walking a batter in the last inning.

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