Williamsports sweeps at Kerns tournament

March 30, 1997


Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - Matt Bowman didn't waste any time showing his coaches what he had to offer.

The Williamsport sophomore, making his first varsity start, limited Hancock to just one run on one hit through three innings Saturday morning in the opening game of the H. Lynn Kerns Easter Memorial Tournament.

The Wildcats rolled to an easy 12-1 victory in a game shortened to five innings by the 10-run rule.

"Matt did a nice job," said Williamsport coach Larry Wadel. "This was the first time out for him this year, and you never know what's going to happen the first time out. But he's just a sophomore, and we got exactly what we were hoping to get out of him."

A six-run second inning gave Bowman a 7-1 cushion. Clint Lapole led off the inning with a double and Jason Jackson followed with a one-out homer.


Brian Cordelli then reached on an error, and two straight walks loaded the bases for Rusty Tritsch's two-run single. A two-out double by Andy Brown made it 6-1, and Lapole finished the scoring with a single.

The Wildcats followed the second-inning uprising with four more runs in the fourth. One-out singles by Brian Cordelli and Bowman started the rally. Both runners advanced on a passed ball before Matt Ellis laced a two-run single. A walk to Tritsch and another passed ball put runners at second and third for Andy Artz, whose single made it 11-1.

"We're really young," said Hancock coach Dan Kerns. "And where we do have experienced kids, they're not producing yet. We're young on the mound and young behind the plate. (Starting pitcher) Derek Hoffman is just a sophomore.

"For our kids, anytime we see a kid like (Bowman) pitch, we're going to have trouble. He's not real fast, but he has a good curve ball."

After a solo homer by Tritsch gave Williamsport the lead in the first, the Panthers managed to tie the score. After walks to Ricky Faith and Jon Kerns, Hoffman laced a two-out single, Hancock's only hit of the game.

Tritsch, Lapole and Bowman finished with two hits apiece to pace Williamsport.

Williamsport 17, N. Garrett 0

Brain Hammond and Andy Brown each homered as Williamsport (3-2) scored in every inning in a game halted after five innings by the 10-run rule.

Hammond went 3-for-3 with three RBIs. He had a solo home run in the second and added a triple. Brown was 2-for-2, including his three-run homer in the second.

Hammond combined with two other pitchers to toss a three-hitter.

N. Garrett 10, Hancock 5

Scott Sisler ripped a three-run homer and Zach Rowe added a two-run shot to lift Northern Garrett past Hancock.

Northern (1-4) scored three runs in each of the first two innings to build a 6-0 lead. Sisler had two hits and drove in four runs and Rowe added two hits and drove in three.

John Kerns led Hancock (0-3) with two hits and two RBIs while Eric Appel, Derek Hoffman and David Gaither had two hits each.

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