South Carroll walks to win

McCarty brings home winning run vs. Westminster

South Carroll 3 Westminster 2

baseball

High Schools

March 25, 2006|By JOHN GUZOWSKI | JOHN GUZOWSKI,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Jack McCarty drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk in the top of the seventh inning, bringing in what proved to be the game-winning run as South Carroll defeated host Westminster, 3-2, in baseball yesterday.

The Cavaliers started the final inning with singles by Matt Green and Mike Fisher. After another walk and consecutive strikeouts, McCarty came to the plate with the game on the line.

"Jack played tough the entire game," said South Carroll coach George Richardson. "He almost came up with a fantastic diving play in the field, and though he didn't make the play, he hung in there and then later came through in the seventh."

In the bottom of the seventh, Cavaliers pitcher Dave Ringold retired Westminster's hitters in order, giving South Carroll a big win in its first game of the year.

Ringold, a junior, came on in relief in the fourth inning, in which Westminster scored one of its two runs. After that, he controlled the Owls.

"He had a rough start," Richardson said, "but then he settled down for the rest of the game and helped us get the victory."

In a game featuring the two top teams in Carroll County, the Cavaliers started their season on a high note.

"This was a great win for us," Richardson said. "Usually, this early in the season the games aren't as crucial, but since this was a county game against the defending champs, it's a good way to start off the season.

"This isn't usually a time where we are playing in must-win games, but this certainly was one."

The Owls (1-1) received a fine effort from starting pitcher Chris Maiehshein, who went six innings. On a cold night, the offenses of both teams were kept under wraps.

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