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The biggest county baseball game of the spring season so far is set to take place Monday when Century and Westminster square off in Eldersburg, the first of two scheduled matchups in 10 days between the only unbeaten teams in Carroll play.

The Owls (9-2, 8-0 in the county) visit the Knights (11-2, 9-0) in what figures to be a close contest. Century was hitting .370 as a team before its 13-3 win over Winters Mill on Friday; Westminster took a .362 clip into its 4-1 victory Friday over Manchester Valley.

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The Knights and Owls each display quality pitching too. Century's team ERA was 3.72 entering Friday's game, with Jeremy Lapp (4-0, 2.61 ERA, 32 strikeouts) as its ace. Meanwhile, Westminster's team ERA was 1.20 before Billy Scanlon (5-0, 0.75) held the Mavericks to one run over seven innings.

Westminster's Jake Sell (.538) and Century's Rob Martin (.514) held the top two batting averages for county public-school players before Friday's games, with Westminster's Josh Kosmicki next at .500.

The county rivals are slated to meet again May 3 in Westminster. That game was postponed from April 7.

Softball

Manchester Valley (10-2, 7-1) has a grasp on first place in the county standings, and the Mavericks have a doubleheader with Winters Mill (5-3 county) on Monday before hosting South Carroll (9-4, 6-2) on Friday.

The Cavaliers visit Liberty (8-5, 5-3) on Monday in their second matchup of the spring. The Lions won the first game 3-2 on April 18.

Man Valley is the reigning county champion.

Boys Lacrosse

Westminster (9-1, 4-0 county) can win its fourth county title in five seasons by beating Liberty, the reigning champs, on Tuesday. The Owls held off Century (7-4, 3-2) 11-6 on Friday night to put themselves in prime position to capture the crown.

South Carroll (7-4, 4-1) is the only county team with fewer than two county losses, meaning the Cavaliers are alive in the championship chase. They'd need to beat Century on Wednesday and have Westminster lose to Liberty and Francis Scott Key on Thursday to win their first outright county championship since 2009.

Girls Lacrosse

Manchester Valley (9-2) sits in first place at 5-0 and can repeat as county champions by beating Century (9-2, 3-1) on Thursday.

The Knights were dealt a blow Friday evening when Westminster (8-2, 3-1) beat them 12-7 and created the possibility for a three-way tie for the crown, provided Century beats MV and then each team finishes 5-1 in county play.

Century can win the title outright by beating the Mavericks and having Westminster lose to either Liberty (Tuesday) or FSK (Thursday). Man Valley, which has won three county titles in a row to go with three consecutive Class 2A-1A state crowns, edged Westminster 11-10 on April 11.

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Tennis

Liberty's boys and girls teams are each unbeaten at 9-0 (9-0 county), and the boys team can clinch the county title Monday with a win over South Carroll. Every other county team has three or more losses in league play.

The Lions are looking for their sixth county crown in nine seasons and 18th in program history, while the girls have already clinched their 10th in a row. Liberty holds the tiebreaker over second-place Manchester Valley (9-4, 7-3) with a pair of wins already this season.

Track & Field

The county meet is still three weeks away, so Carroll teams have been tuning up at various invitationals and smaller meets. Winters Mill hosts the Falcon Relays this Friday, an event that also features Manchester Valley. Meanwhile, Francis Scott Key has a home tri-meet set for Wednesday with Liberty and Smithsburg.

The prestigious Penn Relays are set to take place this coming weekend at Frankin Field in Philadelphia.

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