S. Carroll rallies by Linganore, 5-4

Each scores 3 in fourth

Kraus has 3 hits, 3 RBIs

Baseball

High Schools

April 24, 2003|By Mike Frainie | Mike Frainie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

No. 8 South Carroll's defense wasn't exactly pitcher Ryan Harrison's best friend yesterday, but credit the Cavaliers' offense with a big save.

After squandering a 2-0 lead on an error in the fourth inning and allowing visiting Linganore (4-6, 3-6) to score three times, South Carroll (7-2, 7-2) put up three runs of its own in the bottom half of the inning. The result was a 5-4 win in a Central Maryland Conference game.

"We have a good team in the true sense of the word," said Cavaliers coach George Richardson. "We talk about that all the time. If they score, then we need to come back and score. Everybody picked each other up."

Harrison breezed through the first 3 2/3 innings with a 2-0 lead, facing only one batter over the minimum. When third baseman Ryan Webb's throw sailed over first baseman Max Nickey's head, however, the Lancers got new life. They took advantage of the opportunity.

Linganore's Ben McMurray doubled to left, scoring Matt Gast. The next batter, Josh Fraley, also doubled and scored McMurray. Jay Greene's single scored Fraley in the next at-bat, and the Cavaliers found themselves down 3-2.

"I wasn't hitting my spots," said Harrison. "I started to get some balls up in the zone, and they started taking advantage."

The Cavaliers wasted little time responding. With runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the fourth, leadoff hitter Tyler Kraus singled to right to score Nickey and Steven Fye to give South Carroll the lead again, 4-3.

"I was down in the count, but I got a good pitch," said Kraus, who was 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

Center fielder Corey Greene singled two batters later to score Kraus and stretch the lead to 5-3.

No. 2 Mount St. Joseph 11, Riverdale Baptist 1: Jeff Poff's grand slam highlighted a 10-run fifth inning, and Mount St. Joseph went on to win the Frederick Tournament over Riverdale Baptist, Washington's No. 1 team.

Brian Bent (4-0) went all the way for the Gaels (17-2), who won it in six innings by virtue of the 10-run mercy rule over the Crusaders (23-4), who are ranked No. 3 in the East Region of USA Today .

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