Father Dave Smith, Mount Carmel's baseball coach, said his team seldom lets a good scoring opportunity pass by.
The Cougars stayed true to form yesterday, beating Southwestern for the Maryland Scholastic Association C Conference championship, 8-2, at Martindale Park.
Mount Carmel took advantage of Southwestern pitcher Robert Meyers, who stiffened up during a 20-minute injury delay, and scored seven runs in the next two innings. It was the Cougars' second straight championship, and third in the past five years.
"They were just able to take advantage," said Smith, whose team outscored Southwestern, 18-5, in its two playoff games. "They've done that all year long."
With the score tied at 1, and one out in the bottom of the third inning, Cougars catcher Chuckie Friedel stole second. On the errant throw into center field, he tried for third but was thrown out. His head-first slide, however, caught Sabers third baseman Donald White in the left shoulder, and forced White to leave the game after being attended to on the field.
When play resumed, Meyers was wild. He walked four of the next five hitters, and sandwiched a Marc Guante RBI single and a balk in the sequence. With Mount Carmel ahead 3-1 with the bases loaded, Meyers threw Carl Crum's come-backer to the mound into left field, allowing two more runs to score.
"It [the injury] just shook me up," said Meyers, who had looked strong in the first two innings, striking out four. "I couldn't get loose again. My arm just tightened up."
Things didn't get any easier for Southwestern (9-2) in the fourth, as Meyers walked two more, his team made two more errors and Mount Carmel (13-1) scored three more times for an 8-1 margin.