The South Carroll Cavaliers were looking forward to the chance of knocking off an unbeaten Westminster team yesterday afternoon, only to find out Liberty beat them to it on Monday.
So instead, the No. 12 Cavs (9-4) had to settle for handing the No. 7 Owls their second loss in as many days. And that was just fine by them.
Senior left-hander Kile Maxcy got stronger as the game went on and reserve third baseman Gary Miller provided a clutch two-out single that scored two in the fifth to lift the Cavaliers to a 5-4 win in Winfield.
"We'll take a win when we can get one," said South Carroll coach Brad Collins. "Both teams came out focused and ready to play. Anytime Westminster comes to town, you can expect a good ballgame. Our team showed a lot of character today."
It began at the end of last week with an impressive win over Howard and continued when they won the Cardinal Gibbons Tournament on Saturday. Yesterday, they got past a Westminster team that went into the week with 10 straight wins.
"This is when we picked it up last year and hopefully we can pick it up again this year," he said.
The Owls (10-2) jumped out to a 2-0 lead off Maxcy before the Cavaliers offense got things started.
With two out in the third, Ron White hit a liner between third and short to score Wes Gibson to make it 2-1.
The Cavaliers took a 3-2 lead in the fourth with Maxcy hitting a sacrifice fly to drive in one and Tim Jackman ripping a single to score another.
Miller, who took over third base in the top of the third after starter Jason Petroski was hit in the mouth by a sharp grounder, was down in the count off Westminster starter Mike Peters when he sent a liner back up the middle to score two insurance runs in the fifth.
"We just didn't play good enough to win," said Westminster coach Carl Rihard. "You've got to play defense to win. You don't play defense, you don't win."
With the lead, Maxcy settled down in the middle innings before getting out of a jam in the seventh. Steve Mays' triple scored R.D. Larkin, who singled with one out, to cut the Cavaliers' lead to 5-3. Mays scored on a fly by Ryan Starliper, but Maxcy got Peters to fly out to center to end the game.