A good ballclub will take advantage of most everything an opponent will give up.
South Carroll did just that yesterday in Winfield with its 14-2 win over a Liberty team that came into yesterday's game playing some good ball of its own.
The Cavaliers (5-3) scored nine times in the third inning -- keyed by four straight Liberty infield errors -- to break open the county opener for both teams.
After Liberty (4-3) was unable to score in the fifth, the game ended due to the 10-run rule.
Catcher Jeremy Hancock got things started in the pivotal third inning with a double.
After scoring, he came up a second time with the bases loaded and cleared them with an opposite-field triple to right. He crossed the plate a second time on the same play when the throw got past third.
He finished the day 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored, all pitcher Ron White would need in going all five innings, allowing just three hits to record the win.
It was a big win for the Cavaliers, who had lost three of their last four going in and were 0-2 in the Central Maryland Conference.
"Emotionally, it was an extremely big win for us," said first-year coach Brad Collins. "The ballclub's been down, but they came out today and can feel proud of what they accomplished."
The Cavaliers left five men on base in taking a 2-0 lead after two off Liberty starter Daryl Knight, who did well to get out of the early jams but didn't get the defensive support in the third.
White, meanwhile, was cruising along retiring the first nine Liberty batters. He didn't give up his first hit until after the Cavs had the 11-0 lead. Collins couldn't say enough about both.
"Ronnie came out very focused and everything was working for him all day," he said. "[Jeremy Hancock] is just an enjoyable kid to have on your team. He loves the game and is fun to watch. He can really hit the ball and works hard at it."
It was an uncharacteristic effort for the Lions this early season and one they would just as well put past them. Liberty posted back-to-back CMC wins against Frederick and Linganore in the two previous games.
"I told the kids it was just one of those games and [the third inning] happens in high school baseball," said Liberty coach Steve Insley.
"We've been playing very well, but struggled today. And when you struggle against a good team, it's trouble. We just need to put it behind us, we're a good ballclub."
Eric Eldridge went 2-for-3 for the Lions with a triple and run scored.
White had two singles and scored three times for the Cavaliers. Kile Maxcy added a three-run double in the fourth and sophomore Tim Jackman, just up from the junior varsity, provided a good glove at short.