Hamilton hurls Warriors to win

May 03, 1999|By JACK HILL III

The Boonsboro Warriors were determined to make up for a five-run loss at Walkersville on Thursday, a loss that snapped their 11-game winning streak.

Starting pitcher Justin Hamilton helped get Boonsboro back on the winning track Monday.

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Hamilton gave up only two earned runs and four hits, while striking out seven in six innings to pitch the Warriors to a 6-2 victory over the North Hagerstown Hubs in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

The win boosts Boonsboro (13-3 overall, 12-2 MVAL) into a first-place tie with Walkersville.

"I think that the loss against Walkersville made us want to come back and play hard today," Hamilton said. "We hit the ball real well today, and we had good defense.''

At one point during the middle of the game, Hamilton (4-2) retired 10 of 12.

"I hit my spots," Hamilton said. "I haven't been hitting them lately before today. I think that I threw pretty good. I felt that everything was good today. My fastball was tailing a little bit, so it was pretty effective. My curveballs were breaking real good."


Keith Herbert came over from shortstop to pitch in relief for Boonsboro during the seventh and kept North (5-11, 5-9) scoreless.

Herbert slugged his area-leading ninth home run as he finished with three hits, two RBIs and two runs scored. Herbert has 24 RBIs to go along with 25 hits in 50 at-bats for a .500 batting average. Scott Kaetzel added two hits for the Warriors.

North starting pitcher Joe McGhee allowed just two earned runs in five innings.

"I thought that both pitchers pitched a good game," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "I was especially pleased to see Justin Hamilton get back to his regular form. He had good command of his pitches, and he got ahead of the hitters. We got some clutch hits. Keith Herbert hit the home run, and then he hit the single off of the fence during the next inning, which would have been out of most ballparks."

Herbert got Boonsboro on the scoreboard in the third with his solo homer.

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