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April 15, 1999

Musselman rolls from start on road vs. 'Dogs

Musselman vs. MartinsburgBy DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Correspondent

photo: JOE CROCETTA / staff photographer




MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The first time Martinsburg played Musselman, the Applemen spotted the Bulldogs a 7-1 lead before taking over the game with 14 straight runs.

There was one difference in the second meeting Wednesday - Musselman never allowed Martinsburg to hold the lead.

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The Applemen scored four runs in the second inning to take a 5-0 lead, then finished off the Bulldogs with a five-run fifth to take a 12-1 victory in five innings.

"We did a good job getting started right off the go today," Musselman coach Jeff Cunningham said. "The pitching was there from the beginning, and the defense was behind them, so it was a good win for us all the way around."

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After Musselman (9-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first on an RBI-double from Mike Hudson, the Applemen used two hits and three costly Martinsburg errors to take control in the second.

"We gave (Painter) absolutely no defensive help," Martinsburg coach Dennis Etherington said. "We made physical mistakes and we made mental mistakes.

"Today, they jumped on us... well, did they jump on us, or did we let them jump on us?"

Holding a 7-1 lead in the fifth, the Applemen put an end to the festivities. Todd Mosby's two-run single with the bases loaded was in the middle of the five-run outburst, and Willy Williams' sacrifice fly finished things off.

"You need to save your pitching whenever you can, so when you get a chance to end one like this, that's what you gotta do," Cunningham said. "You've got to use killer instinct and put them away."

Mueller and Williams combined on a three-hitter while striking out eight. Mueller picked up the win.

"These are our best two pitchers," Cunningham said. "We've got a doubleheader Saturday, and we want both of them to be able to pitch in that, so we were planning on splitting them up half and half today. They both did a great job.

"We feel confident... we've been getting better every game... we're real real happy with where we're at right now."

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