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Warriors walk their way to win

April 06, 1999

Boonsboro over NorthBy MIKE SIRBAUGH / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




BOONSBORO - Walks often carry some big sticks.

That is the formula the home-standing Boonsboro Warriors used Monday in their 8-2 Monocacy Valley Athletic League victory over North Hagerstown.

The Warriors worked Hubs pitching for seven walks and mixed in eight hits. The formula produced a big first-inning lead and allowed Boonsboro to build on it the rest of the way.

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Justin Malott led off the first for Boonsboro (3-2, 2-1 MVAL) with a walk and moved to third on Keith Herbert's one-out single. Phil Physioc followed with another walk to load the bases and bring up Scott Kaetzel.

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Kaetzel worked North ace Joe McGhee to a full count before lining a two-run single to center putting runners on first and third. Brad Dixon attempted to sacrifice Kaetzel to second, but McGhee couldn't handle the bunt, and all runners were safe. Tyler Moser hit a sacrifice fly that brought Physioc home and Kaetzel to third and North coach Shawn Reynolds to the mound.

McGhee's arm had started to tighten. So Reynolds brought in Steve Heefner. While Heefner was pitching to his first batter, Dixon stole second and Kaetzel dashed home on the throw to second.

The Hubs (1-5, 1-3) came back in the top half of the second with two runs on only one hit.

Daniel Hoover led off with an infield hit, and Frankie McAllister followed with a base on balls. Heefner bunted to move up the runners, but pitcher Justin Hamilton threw the ball away, bringing Hoover all the way from first to score with McAllister perched on third. One out later, Tater Russ grounded out to short bringing in McAllister with the Hubs' last run.

"We're battling right now," said Reynolds. "We just can't get a break. We get people in scoring position, and we just can't get the big hit. Hitting is contagious. As soon as somebody picks up the big hit, I think we'll all start hitting. We're playing well defensively."

Hamilton pitched six innings of four-hit ball with no earned runs and he shut out the Hubs on three hits the rest of the way with seventh-inning help from reliever Aaron Miller.

"Justin threw strikes for the most part," said Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger. "He struggled a little bit, but I thought he pitched himself a good ball game."

Boonsboro scored single runs in the third and fourth innings.

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