Westminster wins, 22-15, in marathon

Owls deny N. Carroll CMC title in 4-hour game


High Schools

May 05, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

After 4 hours, nine innings, 37 hits and 37 runs, and under the cover of near darkness, Westminster and North Carroll finally put down the bats last night at North Carroll.

The winner of the marathon was Westminster, 22-15.

The Owls denied No. 13 North Carroll (12-2-1, 3-2 county) the chance to clinch the Central Maryland Conference championship - at least until Monday when the Panthers play Liberty. The Panthers are 10-2-1 in the CMC.

Westminster (8-9, 3-2 county) ended a frustrating week of three straight losses on a high note, avenged an earlier 14-2 loss to the Panthers and ended North Carroll's unbeaten record (6-0) in extra-inning games.

The Owls' hitting heroes included Ryan Baer (6-for-7, five RBIs, two doubles, one homer), Eddie Ashwell (4-for-5, four RBIs, two walks) and Zach Adams (4-for-5, three RBIs, walk, sacrifice fly).

Adams, fearing the umpires would stop the game due to darkness, purposely tapped back to the pitcher to end Westminster's seven-run ninth inning.

The Owls rallied four times, including a six-run seventh inning that wiped out a 12-9 deficit after the Panthers scored three times in the sixth inning.

"It's been a rough week with losses, injuries and a discipline problem," said Adams, Westminster's catcher. "But we knew that since they've been coming from behind nearly every game that we could, too."

Not to be outdone by Westminster, North Carroll rallied for three runs in the seventh, sending the game into extra innings.

Panthers pitching, the hallmark of North Carroll's drive for a CMC championship, failed to keep Westminster off the scoreboard in all but the first and eighth innings.

"This was the first time our pitching went south on us," Panthers coach Denny Snyder said. "We battled tough, and it was a great high school game down to the last out. We missed winning by inches on a shot by Jeff Yingling down the third-base line in the seventh inning."

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