Chris Holdaway, who had not hit the ball out of the infield on three previous at-bats, became an instant Edgewood hero when he lined a run-scoring single to center field in the last of the seventh to give his team a 2-1 win over John Carroll yesterday.
The win enabled the Rams to gain a share of the county title with the losers, each at 8-1.
Eric Corbridge, a defensive replacement in the top of the inning, opened the home side's seventh with a walk, went to second on a sacrifice, and to third on a force out. With runners at first and third, Tim Hamulack was walked intentionally, loading the bases.
Holdaway, a .450 hitter, hit a 2-2 pitch from route-going pitcher Tim DeCapite right on the nose. "I sat back on his curveball and LTC caught it just right," Holdaway said.
Although each team had runners aboard in every inning but one, the pitchers were equal to the task.
DeCapite, a junior right-hander who lost for the first time in nine decisions, allowed six hits, struck out three and walked four. Hamulack, a senior left-hander who worked one batter into the seventh, gave up just two hits, struck out nine and walked five.
Mister, who has an 8-1 pitching record to go with his county-leading .550 batting average, relieved after Matt Delaney walked on four pitches. Shawn Cullen sacrificed Delaney to second, but Mister struck out Mike Pennington and John Groff to end the threat.
John Carroll (16-4) scored an unearned run in the second inning after Hamulack walked the first two batters and second baseman Alex Garcia couldn't handle Larry Hughes' sharp grounder.
Hamulack later escaped damage after the Patriots had a runner on third with two out in the third, and runners at second and third after a two-out Hughes ground-rule double in the sixth.
Edgewood (14-5) tied the score in the fifth. Garcia beat out an infield hit, went to second on a wild pitch, to third after a fly ball to right, and came home on a wild pitch.
* John Carroll 10, Edgewood 0: Visiting John Carroll (18-2) won the Harford County League title outright, beating Edgewood. Junior April Lynch, who was involved in all 20 Patriots' decisions, pitched a two-hitter, and Chris Lynch had a bases-loaded triple in the seventh. John Carroll was unbeaten in the county, followed by C. Milton Wright, whose only loss was to the champions.