Herbert saves day again for Warriors

April 24, 1999|By JACK HILL III

Boonsboro senior Keith Herbert has found plenty of ways to win baseball games for the Warriors in the past.

He's won them with his bat. He's won them with his arm.

On Saturday afternoon, he used both.

Herbert put Boonsboro ahead to stay with a two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and struck out seven in 3 2/3 innings of relief as the No. 2 Warriors moved to the top of the Monocacy Valley Athletic League with a 10-9 victory over No. 7 South Hagerstown.

For the Warriors, there were plenty of hurdles to overcome - an early four-run deficit and the first runs Herbert had allowed in relief all season.

"The team stuck together," Herbert said. "We were down 4-0, but we knew that we were in that situation before. We just played good as a team and we won together. Everybody just hit the ball well. It was a big win."


For a little bit, it looked like a big loss was coming. P.J. Hiser hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first to give South (7-4, 6-3) a 4-0 lead.

But Rebels coach Greg Eversole has seen the Warriors - and Herbert - enough times to know that the lead may not be safe.

"There is a reason that Boonsboro is at the top of the league," he said. "If they're down 4-0, they're not going to roll over."

Sure enough, Phil Physioc's three-run homer in the top of the third capped a six-run rally and gave Boonsboro (11-2, 10-1) a 6-4 lead. South tied it up with two in its half of the third to set up Herbert's heroics.

"It was a heck of a game to win and a heck of a game to lost," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "The game was a war and, fortunately, we were able to win it. I'm happy to get a win like that against a good team."

It was still only 8-7 going into the seventh, when both teams put up two runs each.

Scott kaetzel had two hits and two RBIs and Jason Reeder added two hits for Boonsboro.

Hiser finished with three hits, while Heth Troncatti, Troy Butts and Jon Showe all had two for the Rebels. Frankie Linton also drove in two runs.

"You had two heavyweights out there just slugging it out," South Hagerstown coach Greg Eversole said. "As they say in boxing: they just got one more point than we did."

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