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.
"It's really fun down here. It gives you a chance to relax and just play some ball without worrying about the county or Central Maryland Conference. It's a chance to regroup and get things turned around."
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.
"We gave them six runs in the first inning and it was an uphill battle from then on," said Spalding coach Tom Lind. "They're a pretty good ball team."
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.
Mark Wist (3-for-4, two RBIs) drove in Spalding's first run in the first with an infield single in the hole at short. In the second, Spalding took advantage of a couple walks by South Carroll starter Ron White and an error to get within 7-4.
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.
* Spalding 6, Calvert 5/Spalding 3, Thomas Johnson 0: Crystal Henderson, who went 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs, helped Spalding (9-1) power through the Calvert Tournament.
Crystal Ray pitched a winner against Calvert (ranked No. 5 in the D.C. area) and went 3-for-3 with an RBI. Kathleen O'Hara took the win against '94 state champion Thomas Johnson.
In the second game, Henderson went 1-for-3, scoring twice.