Wet Owls, Panthers must wait Key contests are postponed


Yesterday's afternoon thunderstorms forced the postponement of Westminster's key intra-county matches with North Carroll in baseball, softball and tennis.

Rain dates for each are to be set.

The two baseball teams were looking to break a first-place tie in the county standings. The 3-0 teams were scheduled to complete a 4-4 game that was suspended April 8 after nine innings and then play a regularly scheduled game.

Westminster (9-4 overall) had been expected to be at or near the top of the county standings this season, but North Carroll (9-3) has been a surprise. The Panthers were just 5-13 in 1992.

The Owls started this season 7-1 but have lost three of their past five.

The county softball title remains up for grabs, with defending champion North Carroll, Westminster and Liberty still in the hunt with 2-1 county marks.

North Carroll (7-4) appears to be making its patented run toward the region playoffs with one-run victories over Linganore (4-3 in eight innings Monday) and Glenelg (2-1 on Tuesday) this week.

A strong finish from the Owls (7-7) still may not be enough for them to qualify for the regional playoffs.

In boys tennis, the Owls and Panthers are 4-1 in the county, trailed by South Carroll at 3-2. Two of the No. 1 singles players -- the Owls' Marco Fuggitti and Panthers' Craig Eckard -- will have to wait a little longer for their match.

The Westminster girls (5-0) were hoping to clinch the county title by week's end. The squad is scheduled to meet Francis Scott Key tomorrow.

Senior Mandy Koenig is unbeaten and will be looking for her second individual singles county title later this month.

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