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No-shows plague Boonsboro

July 21, 1998|By JACK HILL III

BOONSBORO - The Boonsboro Post 10 legion baseball team has dealt with a frustrating attendance problem this summer.

The problem peaked Saturday afternoon when Boonsboro edged Frederick 9-8 in the first game of a doubleheader, despite only having nine players. Boonsboro then had to forfeit the second game to Frederick 9-0 because it only had seven players after two players had to leave to go to work.

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Then, on Monday night only nine players showed up as Boonsboro dropped a 9-4 decision to Mount Airy Gold Star Post 191.

"We started the season out with 18 players," Boonsboro manager Brian Smith said. "We have never had more than 14 players here at one time. During 85 percent of our games, we have not had more than 12 players.

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"Some of the reasons have been baseball-related," Smith continued. "We only had nine or 10 players here for our first six games, because Jefferson High School was still in the West Virginia state playoffs. During the summer, some of our players have been involved with Team Maryland, tryouts with The Oriolelanders, Junior Olympics and baseball camps."

Some players felt that the bad attendance cost the team a chance to win the regular-season championship.

"It really hurts us, because we were in the thick of things," Eric Smoot said. "We were near the top, and we just couldn't get the chance to be in first place because of that."

"If we could have kept our team together for the whole year, we could have been right up there in first place," Duane Kline said. "Some of the people let us down."

Several other Boonsboro players also felt let down by their teammates.

"I think a lot of the people didn't have their priorities straight," Justin Flook said. "You can tell that they would rather be someplace else than play baseball."

"I think that if people are on the team, then they should come to the game," Bobby Ord said. "It is just not good that the people are not showing up."

"I think that they should be here, because they have a commitment to be here," Justin Hamilton said.

"I figured that we could have had a chance to beat Frederick twice on Saturday," Keith Herbert said. "But when you only have nine ballplayers and a couple of them have to leave, then there is nothing that you can do about it."

In Monday night's game, Mount Airy (19-10 district, 19-10 overall) took advantage of eight errors by Boonsboro (14-15 district, 14-15 overall).

Mike Harp belted a three-run homer for Mount Airy. Mount Airy starting pitcher Jason Shipley had a three-hit shutout through the first six innings before he ran out of gas in the seventh.

Herbert collected three hits and Flook socked a two-run homer for Boonsboro. Boonsboro starting pitcher Josh Cenate did not allow an earned run, while fanning nine batters, in six innings of work.

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