Catoctin uses big play to hold off Boonsboro

March 25, 1997


Staff Correspondent

BOONSBORO - One word stood between the Boonsboro baseball team and a possible win. It was the difference between a double and a double play.

Catoctin second baseman Dave Ott turned a diving grab of a Harry Troxler liner into a game-ending double play Monday to help the Cougars hold on for a 6-4 victory over the Warriors in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

"Dave Ott made a great defensive play at the end of the ballgame," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "If that ball got through for a hit, I think that we might have been able to win the ballgame."


Boonsboro (2-1) tried to comeback from a two-run deficit with a seventh-inning rally. With one out, Keith Herbert walked and Curt Heuer singled to right to set the staget for Troxler. Troxler hit a line shot to the right side of the infield, but Ott made the great diving catch to his right and threw to first base for the game-ending double play.

"It was an excellent high school baseball game," Kreiger said. "We had a chance to win it and that is all that you can ask for. We battled back and we just came up a little bit short."

Catoctin scored early to put the pressure on Boonsboro.

Pat Sherald's solo homer gave the Cougars (1-0) a 1-0 lead in the third.

Catoctin added four runs in the fifth to push to a 5-0 lead. With one out, Mike Irvine was hit by a pitch and took third when Ott reached on a single and fielding error. Sherald brought home both runners when Boonsboro misplayed his suicide squeeze bunt. Dane Miller stroked an RBI single and Johnny West added a run-scoring double to left to cap the outburst.

It was enough support for Catoctin pitcher Jeremy Favorite, who allowed only one earned run and struck out six batters in 52/3 innings to get the victory. The left-hander had a two-hit shutout before tiring in the sixth inning. West worked the final 11/3 innings for the save.

"Even though we had a 5-0 lead, I knew the game wasn't over," Catoctin coach Tom Sherald said. "Fred Kreiger will always have his ballclub in the game right down to the last out of the last inning. Jeremy Favorite pitched pretty good for an opening game. He just got a little tired at the end."

Boonsboro got back into the game with a four-run sixth inning, all coming after two were out. Troxler hit one of his two doubles in the game to left and scored on a single to center by Phil Physioc. After Cory Linton's ground-rule double, Chad Davis reached on a botched infield grounder that scored two runs. Chad Gay then singled off of the shortstop's glove to score Davis.

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