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Last gasp chokes off North

May 17, 2001

Last gasp chokes off North



By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

South Carroll 10

North Hagerstown 6

S. Carroll3020005-10151

North0301110-6121

Sauter, Mantua (7), Dahlgren (7) and Payne, Webb (7). Hawkins, Hose (7) and Long. WP-Sauter (3-3). LP-Hose (3-3). S-Dahlgren (1).



A second guess followed by a second chance led South Carroll to its first priority Wednesday afternoon in the 3A West baseball semifinals at North Hagerstown.

The Hubs' call to the bullpen was followed by a double play that wasn't, and the Cavaliers scored five times after being down to their final strike for a 10-6 victory to eliminate the Hubs on their own field.

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"Our goal was that we wanted to play Friday," Cavaliers coach George Richardson said. "We had a chance to play Liberty, our big rival. They're like five miles down the road."

It was a roadtrip North (13-10) seemed all set to make after six innings. The Hubs battled back from a pair of deficits to take a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the sixth when Tim Hawkins' smash to third hopped under the glove of South Carroll's Ryan Webb and into left field to score Aaron Davis.

"Coach (Shawn Reynolds) just said to go and get three outs and do my best," said Hawkins, who had wriggled out of several jams on the mound.

South Carroll (8-14) led off the seventh with Nick Kraus' high-hopper up the middle that just eluded T.J. Hose at second. Ryan Webb followed with a mis-hit bunt that turned into a single when Davis overcharged at third base.

That spelled the end for Hawkins, and Reynolds went to Hose to slam the door. The freshman already had two saves on the season, and he seemed destined for a third when he coaxed a grounder to short from Jimmy Dahlgren. It had double play written all over it, but Dahlgren beat the throw to first for one out.

"We've lost eight one-run games this year, but we won 3-2 (Monday at Paint Branch)," Richardson said. "That picked us up. I think we knew what things we had to do when we put our mind to it."

Hose struck out Corey Greene for the second out and had Teddy Daniels at 0-2 in the count. But Daniels laced a single to center for two runs and the lead. The Cavaliers piled on from there, adding three more runs on three hits and a walk.

"Tim was getting the ball up, and ... I don't know. It's just one of those things. Whatever you do, you'll always second-guess yourself," Reynolds said. "But they got the big hits and we left some guys on base that ended up costing us."

That was in the sixth and seventh, when North left the bases loaded both times. It ruined a nifty playoff run that saw the Hubs tie a state record against Kennedy and beat Central Maryland Conference champion North Carroll along the way.

Matt Hess and Tanner Cross had three hits and Paul Berry and Hose had two each for North. In the end, though, all the guesswork was gone for the Hubs.

"This was tough because no one expected us to be here," Hawkins said. "North Carroll thought they'd beat us by 10 runs, but we did all the right things then.

"Today, things just didn't go our way."

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