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Boonsboro's strange day

May 14, 1998|By BOB PARASILITI

by Ric Dugan / staff photographer

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Boonsboro vs. Middletown

BOONSBORO - In two games that lasted three days, each needed one pitch on Wednesday to decide the destiny of four teams.

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One pitch that Boonsboro's Keith Herbert took full advantage of and another that Middletown's Claire Dinkel let go by.

Herbert blasted a drive to deep center field that went from RBI double into a game-winning three-run inside-the-park home run to lead the Warriors to a 5-4 victory in the Class 2A West quarterfinals.

Dinkle, on the other hand, stood her ground and let a Rossann Smith pitch sail wide for an RBI walk to start a six-run 14th inning for a 10-4 marathon playoff victory.

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Both games were suspended because of rain on Monday. Boonsboro's boys trailed 3-2 after 3 1/2 innings while the girls were tied 2-2 after seven innings. Boonsboro and Middletown will each host Fort Hill today in Class 2A West semifinal games.

Herbert changed the complexion of the baseball game in the bottom of the fourth. After Tyler Moser led off double and Kevin Martin walked, Herbert drove Trevor Hillier's pitch to center. Ken Robey tried to make a diving catch, but the ball landed untouched as he went head first into the fence, allowing all three runners to circle the bases.

"When I first hit it, I thought it was a home run, but I ran it out," Herbert said. "I looked to the outfield when I rounded second and just started running as hard as I could to score."

Justin Hamilton protected the lead until tiring in the seventh, leaving with one out after Jeremy Eccard singled and Jeremy Blickenstaff walked. Herbert came on to allow Robey's RBI double before getitng Rickey McQuillen to pop up and striking out Justin Brandenburg to end the game.

"It was one pitch away, but that goes both ways," Middletown coach Mike Desimone said. "(Robey) plays hard on the ball. If he had not hit his head, it might have been a double and only one run. ... We are the type of team that battles back late, but we only had three innings today."

Smith and Middletown's Jill Hood locked up in pitching duel that amounted to a second full game. The Knights used big defensive plays in the ninth and 10th innings to stay in the game.

Two Boonsboro errors helped Middletown to two runs in the 12th but Leslie Humphrey and Maggie Beard drove in runs to allow Boonsboro to retie the game at 4-4.

Middletown grabbed the victory by loading the bases with no outs before Dinkel's walk. Three Boonsboro errors and Megan Pilarcik's two-run single blew the game open.

"No one deserved to lose this game," Middletown's Jeannie Prevosto said. "Today I told the girls that the game isn't over until the last out and to fight to the end. They played with as much intensity today as they did on Monday."

Boonsboro led 2-0 behind Smith's no-hitter on Monday, but elected to continue play in the rain allowing the Knights to tie.

"I'll forever wonder what would have happened if we had not had the game called after the seventh," Boonsboro coach Janet Getz said. "We wanted to win this game without any questions. We could have scored first and tried to get to the fifth inning and hope the umpire would call it. But we wanted to win with integrity."

Baseball

Boonsboro 5, Middletown 4

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Hillier and Kline; Hamilton, Herbert (7) and Troxler. HR - B: Herbert, 4th, two on. WP - Hamilton. LP - Hillier. S - Herbert.

Softball

Middletown 10, Booonsboro 4

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Hood and Dinkel; Smith and Brown. WP - Hood. LP - Smith.

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