The South is on the rise again.
South Carroll that is.
The three-time defending Carroll County high school baseball champions climbed back into this season's race yesterday by trouncing North Carroll, 13-2, at South Carroll.
The game was called in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.
It was the first loss in county play this year for the fast-starting Panthers, who fell to 3-1 behind Westminster (3-0). South Carroll improved its county record to 2-2.
The Cavaliers could gain a three-way tie for the championship with the Owls and Panthers at 4-2 if the following things happen:
* South Carroll beats Westminster Monday in the completion of a suspended game and knocks off Liberty on May 17.
* North Carroll and Westminster split their two games Tuesday at Westminster.
North Carroll (9-4 and 6-3 in the Central Maryland Conference) had unbeaten right-hander Kevin Dull on the mound yesterday and could have eliminated South Carroll from the county race.
Dull entered the game with a 5-0 record, 2.16 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 38 innings. But Dull got knocked all over the field by the rejuvenated Cavaliers, who have gone 5-2 in the past seven games after a 1-5 start.
Dull lasted 2 1/3 innings, gave up nine runs (seven earned) and five hits, walked five, committed a balk and had a wild pitch. He struck out one.
South Carroll shortstop Tim Beck led the assault on Dull with a three-run homer and a run-scoring single.
Beck's RBI single in the third that gave the Cavaliers a 8-1 lead was the signal for North Carroll coach Randy Clark to remove Dull.
Beck wound up the day 3-for-3 with four RBI and one walk when he pounded a line drive in the fourth inning to second base that knocked North Carroll second baseman Geoff Little off his feet.
That hit came off Panthers reliever Donnie Hudgins who also didn't have much luck against the Cavaliers (6-7 and 4-5 in the Central Maryland Conference).
South Carroll catcher Brian Yanick hit a three-run homer in the fourth off Hudgins, and Cavaliers third baseman Jeremy Hancock had a two-run double in the first.