North County's baseball team needed a win badly yesterday in a visit to Chesapeake in Lake Shore and senior left-hander Shane Schulze rose to the occasion, scattering eight hits in a 4-2 victory.
The outcome ended a three-game losing streak by the Knights (8-4, 6-3 league) and a four-game winning streak by the Cougars (6-4, 6-3).
It was a matchup between the two teams who for now are the next best in Anne Arundel County behind No. 3 Arundel.
"Shane was making them hit his pitch," said North County coach Tweety Barton, who was running the team for head coach Wayne Feuerherd, who had a personal commitment. "After three losses in a row, we needed a win after being guilty of [bad] base running and throwing the ball away. Shane has thrown the ball pretty well all year."
Schulze (4-1) struck out eight, hit a batter and walked one, mostly using a fastball and changing speeds masterfully.
"This was a big game for us with the losing streak and them being at home," said Schulze, who threw 97 pitches - including 45 in the first four innings and 35 in the fifth and sixth innings when the Cougars got to him for their two runs.
"I didn't throw my curveball as much as I wanted to, but they were swinging at my fastball," he added "I was throwing a two-seam, and four-seam on 0-2 counts."
North County had a 4-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth on an RBI double by catcher Matt Szczeszek, a single by Schulze and Lee Anarino's fielder's choice to produce three runs in the fourth.
A Szczeszek fielder's choice in the fifth scored Matt Pace, who had doubled.
The Cougars answered in the bottom half as Justin Robey singled in a run and Dorsey Willey's first of two doubles scored the other.
Schulze escaped jams in the sixth and seventh innings to post the win.
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Calvert Hall 22, Friends 5 -- D.J. Comer and Sean Maguire each scored five goals to power the host Cardinals (5-4) over the Friars. Twelve Cardinals players scored a goal and 10 more had at least one assist.