Liberty wins county baseball title

DeSimone's five-hitter leads way to 6-2 win over North Carroll

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May 08, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Liberty's Anthony DeSimone pitched a five-hitter against North Carroll and Jimmy Miller hit a three-run homer as the host Lions (10-4 overall, 5-1 county) won the Carroll County baseball championship yesterday, 6-2.

The victory kept alive Liberty's hopes of sharing a Central Maryland Conference title with the Panthers (12-3-1, 3-3), who will finish a previously tied game with Thomas Johnson today at 5:30 at North Carroll. If the Panthers win, they win the CMC outright.

Motivation for DeSimone was easy to come by.

"Last year, they beat us in the playoffs and there was no worse feeling than seeing them drive off down Route 32 after they won," DeSimone said. "I just wanted to avenge it. Alex [Moore] and Jimmy [Miller] came up big for us."

Moore hit an RBI triple in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and then scored on Andrew Simpson's sacrifice fly.

Liberty added a run in the fifth inning on a single by Kevin Magaw, a walk to Miller and an RBI single by Simpson.

The Panthers rallied in the top of the sixth inning for two runs on a leadoff walk by David Doarnberger, an error, an RBI single by Matt Capece, a hit batter and a bases-loaded walk to Bryant Mann.

DeSimone (3-2) then reached back and struck out Erick Busick and Josh Miller to end the threat.

Miller homered in the bottom of the sixth, giving the Lions three insurance runs.

It was the second straight disappointing loss for North Carroll, a 22-15 loser to Westminster last Friday.

"We had an opportunity to control our own destiny the last two games but didn't," said Panthers coach Denny Snyder. "DeSimone made the pitches when he had to and got a lot of key strikeouts. Four unearned runs is uncharacteristic of us."

Liberty coach Erick Barnes couldn't say enough good things about DeSimone's effort.

"North Carroll is a team that has put up big offensive numbers all year so his effort was just outstanding," he said. "This is a determined team that has been through so much adversity."

Softball

North Carroll and Westminster each gained a share of the Carroll County softball championship yesterday.

The Panthers (14-3 overall, 5-1 county) defeated Liberty, 6-0, on the hitting of Ashley Martin, Lisa Worden and Trish Brown and the three-hit pitching of April Bauerlein.

Westminster improved to 11-6 overall with a 6-2 victory over South Carroll behind the arm and bat of Nichol Moeller. The junior struck out four and allowed seven hits to get the complete-game victory, and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs at the plate.

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