South Carroll's three-year reign as Carroll County baseball champions ended with a whimper yesterday.
The Cavaliers had no answers for a 16-4 Westminster lead and fell to the Owls, 20-8, in the completion of a game that had been suspended in the top of the fifth because of rain April 21 at South Carroll.
Westminster had a 16-4 lead when the game was suspended and added four more runs in the fifth yesterday, and held off South Carroll in the bottom of the fifth to win by the 10-run rule.
A game is considered complete if a team is leading by 10 runs or more after five innings.
The Cavaliers (2-3 in the county, 4-6 in the Central Maryland Conference, 6-8 overall) threatened to force the game past five innings. They scored four runs to reduce the Westminster lead to 20-8 and had the bases loaded with two out and hot-hitting Tim Beck at the plate.
Beck and South Carroll needed three more runs to keep their hopes alive, but Westminster reliever Corey Van Wagener struck out Beck.
The victory puts Westminster (4-0, 7-3, 11-4) in an excellent position to wrap up the county title today at home against North Carroll (3-1, 6-3, 9-4).
The Owls need to win one of two games today -- completion of a game that was suspended because of darkness after nine innings with the score tied at 4 or a regulation game that follows -- against the Panthers at Westminster.
Westminster will have its ace left-hander, Chris Archambault, on the mound today in the regularly scheduled game.
Run-scoring singles yesterday by Adam Pfieffer and Todd Dickensheets in the top of the fifth inning highlighted Westminster's four-run rally that gave them a total of six runs in the fifth.
Jason Magin hit a grand slam to help Westminster build its 16-4 edge last month.
With the win, Westminster moved into a first-place tie with Thomas Johnson (7-3) in the CMC. North Carroll is a half-game back at 6-3.
So today's confrontation between Westminster and North Carroll also has heavy CMC implications. Westminster completes its 12-game CMC schedule today, and North Carroll has to play Thomas Johnson.