If some coaches and athletic directors have their way, starting next spring rivalries between Carroll County baseball and softball teams will become a little less chummy.
They are making a push to eliminate one of three annual meetings between the county's four Central Maryland Conference members.
It's a move that would leave Liberty, North Carroll, South Carroll and Westminster with just two conference matchups against one another, creating space on the schedule for games against other opponents.
The games expected to be dropped are early-season intra-county matchups that do not count in the conference standings.
"It wouldn't be so bad if Liberty and North Carroll weren't in our same region," said South Carroll baseball coach George Richardson. "But in the two years I've coached now, we've played the same teams in the regionals that we've played during the conference schedule. That meant we played North Carroll and Liberty for a fourth time."
Athletic directors already have started working the phones in an effort to replace the games.
"I think it's definitely going to happen here," said South Carroll athletic director Gene Brown. "We've already started to do it. We've picked up two extra games."
The South Carroll baseball team has replaced two early-season county games with Montgomery County power Damascus and Baltimore County's Pikesville.
"Most people seem to think it's a good idea, so we're going to see how it goes," said Brown.