Westminster clinches titles in Carroll, CMC with 10-4 win

Owls beat South Carroll in suspended game

2nd is called by darkness


High Schools

May 07, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Unconventional as it was, No. 10 Westminster ultimately got the sweep it was looking for yesterday.

Completing the April 19 game against South Carroll, suspended in the bottom of the third inning due to weather, the Owls came away with a 10-4 win over the Cavaliers in Westminster to clinch both the Carroll County crown and Central Maryland Conference title.

In yesterday's originally-scheduled game that followed, the two teams were tied at 5 going into the bottom of the seventh inning before the umpires suspended play due to darkness.

The Owls, who improved to 14-3 overall, 5-0 in county play and 11-2 in the CMC, got what they were looking for in the first game with a strong pitching performance from senior Jason Thayer, who allowed just one run in four innings to get the win, and a clutch fifth-inning at-bat from catcher Sean Brewer.

Brewer's one-out double to the fence in left-center scored two runs to give the Owls a 6-4 lead and they would not look back. Brewer finished the game 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs. In the fifth, he was looking for a fastball from South Carroll pitcher Josh Lewis and got it.

"It was a team effort; everybody played well. We wanted to finish what we started a couple weeks ago," he said. "For us seniors, four years ago it was a goal of ours [to win both the county and conference titles] and we've been working on it for four years."

Westminster co-coach Guy Stull said there was little separation in a strong and balanced CMC this spring.

"We probably played a little more consistent throughout," he said. "Good defense, good pitching and some timely hitting - that's what does it."

Asked whether his Owls have accomplished what they set out to do this season, fellow co-coach Bryan Harman quickly said: "Not yet."

There's still plenty of work to do, starting in the Class 4A East region playoffs, where the Owls will get their share of healthy competition against the likes of state powerhouse Arundel among others.

"We want to try to bang heads with the big boys and that's down in Anne Arundel County," said Harman. "We've been fortunate with good defense, exceptional pitching not to mention we're a pretty good hitting ballclub. I like our chances."

South Carroll coach George Richardson said he protested the first game from a play in the first inning back on April 19, which can presumably now be heard based on its completion. The Cavaliers are 10-9 overall, 2-3 in county play and 8-4 in the CMC.

Completing yesterday's originally scheduled game could be difficult with the Owls scheduled to play Franklin today and Dulaney tomorrow before the region playoffs start later in the week.

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