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Dreisenstok crashes Wildcats

March 27, 1999|By MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

WILLIAMSPORT - The Walkersville Lions went to the Matts and raised their stock ... er, Dreisenstok ... considerably Friday.

The Lions got a two-run home run from Matt Hammond in the sixth inning and Matt Doyle added a solo shot in the seventh to lead Walkersville to a 7-5 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win over Williamsport.

Dustin Dreisenstok took the mound in the fourth inning to put out the fire in the Williamsport batting order and shut out the Wildcats the rest of the way to earn the victory in relief.

"Dreisenstok did a great job," said Lions coach Paul Merrill. "He's our shortstop and this is the first year we're kind of experimenting with him on the mound. He's opened some eyes as a pitcher. He was throwing just as hard at the end as he was at the beginning."

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As for the Lions' power display, Merrill said, "From Matt Doyle, we expect it, but Matt Hammond is more of a gap-to-gap kind of hitter. But it had enough to get out of here. And what timing with that hit. That put us right back in the ball game."

Williamsport entered the fourth inning with a 2-0 lead and senior Matt Bowman on the mound. Bowman had scattered three hits, struck out three and stranded three runners to that point.

But Walkersville (2-0, 2-0) went ahead with three unearned runs in the top of fourth. Craig Bauguess hit a fly ball to right that Josh Berger mishandled. Doyle and Pat Calloway followed with singles to load the bases.

Nick Clabaugh singled sharply to left to bring in Bauguess and Doyle scored when the ball was bobbled. Dreisenstok walked to load the bases again.

Calloway was cut down at the plate on a comebacker to Bowman. Clabaugh went to the third on the play, then took home on a passed ball.

The Wildcats batted around in their half of the fourth, scoring three runs on three hits. Chris Northcraft walked, Berger singled and Ryan Gross doubled them both home.

After Matt Porac walked, Les Martin reached on a popup to short left field, but Gross was thrown out at third. After Gary Naile walked, Bowman knocked in Porac with a single to left center to put Williamsport up, 5-3.

The Lions got one back in the top of the fifth, courtesy of the Matts. Hammond led off with a sngle and, two batters later, Doyle singled him home. Doyle had three hits and Doyle banged out two. Each had two RBIs.

Williamsport loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the inning but Walkersville turned a double play with the help of an interference call at second base to stop the momentum.

"I think the big play was the one at second base when we got called for the double play," said Williamsport coach Rod Steiner. "We had a two-run lead at the time, had good hitters coming up with Naile and Bowman and it hurt our momentum a little bit."

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