The South Carroll Cavaliers went looking for a quick remedy to what so far has been an uncharacteristic average season.
Yesterday afternoon at the Cardinal Gibbons Tournament in Baltimore, they found one.
The No. 13 Cavaliers scored six times in the first inning of the championship game against Spalding and pounded out 15 hits before coming away with a 13-7 win.
South Carroll (8-4) reached the finals with a 10-0 win over City in a game that was halted in the sixth due to the 10-run rule. Senior left-hander Kile Maxcy tossed a one-hitter.
Spalding pitcher Dominic Lascola did one better against host Gibbons, firing a no-hitter in a 12-0 win that went six innings in the opener.
South Carroll shortstop Bryan Herche, who just moved up to the leadoff position this week, provided much of the offense. He had a triple and homer with three RBIs and two runs scored in the first game against City and followed that with two RBIs and a couple more runs scored against Spalding.
"I like the park, I hit the ball well last year also," Herche said.
South Carroll came out relaxed against Spalding. Its first four batters reached base and scored with Herche getting it started with a double to dead center.
With the bases full, catcher Jeremy Hancock (3-for-5, four RBIs) sent a fly to right that got caught up in the wind and fell for a " single, driving in two runs -- with another scoring on an overthrow.
After Hancock scored on a Maxcy groundout, the Cavs got things started again with two out. Jason Petroski and Todd Henry singled and both scored when Matt Jones' sharp grounder slipped under the glove of Brendon Mannix at short.
Spalding (3-6) got back in the game with one run in the first and three more in the next inning to cut the South Carroll lead to 7-4 after two.
Leading 8-4 going into the fifth, South Carroll coach Brad Collins challenged his players to score three runs and they responded with four to put the game out of reach.
City and Cardinal Gibbons got into the fifth inning of the consolation game before play was stopped to allow sufficient time for the championship. City had a 16-8 lead at the time.
Walter Vaughn had a triple to lead City, which also got doubles from Jason Smith and Sean Cooper.
Dennis Chesgreen hit two homers for Gibbons with Corey Butts adding a triple and Colin Moorhouse coming through with a double.
* Patterson Invitational: Right-hander Mike Burrows (5-1) helped Patterson win its own Invitational Tournament by pitching a five-inning shutout -- he gave up two hits, walked two and struck out seven -- for a 6-0 win over John Carroll.
John Winters went 2-for-3 with a squeeze bunt and Erick Amos singled in a run.
In the first round, Patterson defeated St. Paul's, 16-3, and John Carroll edged Southern-B, 9-8, in 10 innings. In the consolation, St. Paul's defeated Southern-B, 4-1.