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Carroll Varsity Roundup: Baseball, softball playoffs on tap

Century's Ethan Kiple pitches against Westminster.
Century's Ethan Kiple pitches against Westminster. (Ken Koons / Carroll County Times)

Carroll's baseball and softball teams begin postseason play Thursday, but many of the county's squads will have the luxury of a first-round bye.

In baseball, county champion Century (15-3) is already into the Class 2A West Section 1 semifinals. The Knights wait for the winner of the Liberty-Oakdale game Thursday. The Lions are 7-10 but hung with Century twice during the regular season, losing 3-1 on April 11 and 9-5 on May 1.

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South Carroll (7-7) visits Winters Mill (9-7) in a 2A West Section 1 semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m. The Falcons beat the Cavaliers twice this spring. Both received byes in the opening round.

Francis Scott Key (3-14) travels to Catoctin on Thursday in a 1A West Section 2 quarterfinal.

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Westminster (10-6) has a bye in the 3A West Section and will face the Blake-Manchester Valley winner Saturday. The Mavericks (7-9) lost twice to the Owls this season.

In softball, Century (12-5) and South Carroll (11-6) each have byes in 2A West Section 1. The Knights will face the Liberty-Winters Mill sectional quarterfinal Thursday. The Lions (8-11) and Falcons (7-10) split their regular-season series.

The Cavs host Oakdale on Monday in the sectional semifinals.

FSK (5-9) travels to Boonsboro on Thursday for a 1A West Section 2 quarterfinal.

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Westminster (10-6) is the top seed in 3A West Section 1 and has a bye into the semifinals. The Owls wait for the Rockville-Magruder winner. Meanwhile, Man Valley (7-8) hosts Watkins Mill on Thursday in a sectional quarterfinal.

Baseball

Bel Air 11, Westminster 2

Recap: On Monday, Ryan Clatterbuck hit a two-run homer for the host Owls.

Northern 5, Liberty 4

Recap: On Monday, the host Lions got RBIs from Mike Spitz and Shawn McMahon, who collected two hits as well.

Annapolis 6, Winters Mill 5

Recap: On Monday, Grant Bradt launched a three-run shot but the Falcons couldn't overcome six errors.

Patterson Mill 9, FSK 0

Recap: On Monday, the Eagles fell to 3-14. No box score information was reported.



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