Soft-spoken Garrett Harrison doesn't really think of himself as the answer for South Carroll's baseball team, but yesterday his pitching sure cleared up a few problems for the Cavaliers.
The junior pitched five strong innings and struck out nine to lead the host Cavaliers to a 7-2 win over No. 13 Westminster in a Carroll County League game.
In spite of some shoddy defense behind him on a cold and windy day, Harrison ran his streak of not giving up an earned run to 16 innings. He lost his first start to Winters Mill, 1-0, on an unearned run.
The Cavaliers, thought to be one of the favorites in Carroll County, have stumbled out of the gate a bit. On Wednesday at North Carroll, the Cavs had a 6-0 lead before giving up 15 runs in an inning to lose, 17-7.
"It weighed on my mind that we were playing Westminster, but I knew I had to focus my mind because we needed the win," said Harrison.
The Cavaliers (3-3) broke the game open in the second, scoring four runs to break up a 1-1 tie. South Carroll took the lead when junior Jesse Mott scored from third on a double steal. After a single by Evan Dayhoff and a double by Jacob Ringold, Westminster manager Bryan Harman chose to intentionally walk Matthew Greene.
South Carroll's Christopher Chastain made Harman pay, doubling to score Dayhoff and Ringold for a 4-1 lead.
The Owls used a Brett Harmon single in the third to close the margin to 5-2, but that was as close as they would get.
South Carroll manager George Richardson says the improvement that Harrison has shown between last season and this one is remarkable.
"He's much more confident this year," said Richardson.
Westminster starter Doug Politz also posted seven strikeouts in his 4 1/3 innings of work.