Anders, Wildcats make pitch

March 24, 2000|By MARK KELLER / Sports Editor

BOONSBORO - Williamsport baseball coach Rod Steiner and Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger were on the same wavelength.

In their season opener Thursday, both coaches had an almost identical gameplan: Get the opposing pitcher up in the pitch count and hit him when he's tired.

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The plan worked for both, but to differing degrees. Brad Anders threw 125 pitches for Williamsport, but worked his way out of several jams as the Wildcats took a 3-1 Monocacy Valley Athletic League win from the Warriors.

Anders gave up six hits and walked five, but left Boonsboro runners stranded on third base three times in the darkness-shortened six-inning game. Anders struck out seven.


"He hasn't thrown more than 35 pitches in a practice game and went out and threw over 100," Steiner said. "He did a nice job, and (Joel) Benchoff did a nice job catching. He works location well and doesn't let Brad overpower. He likes to air it out sometimes."

Anders' counterpart, Preston Semler, also went six innings. He allowed seven hits and walked two while striking out seven.

"For the first time out, I thought Preston threw the ball well," Kreiger said. "We wanted to get their guy to throw a lot of pitches and hopefully get him at the end. I guess we just ran out of light."

The Wildcats got an unearned run in the top of the first. Ryan Gross singled, went to second when Benchoff was hit by a pitch and scored when Cody Hanes dropped a Ryan Grabill fly ball.

Grabill hit a two-out double in the third and scored on a single by Josh Berger.

The Warriors got on the board in the bottom of the inning when Justin Malott lined a single to center, stole second and came around on a single by Kevin Stouffer.

But Anders, who worked out of a bases loaded jam unscathed in the second inning, got Malott swinging in the fourth to strand Thomas Malphrus at third, then got Josh Lashley to ground out an inning later to leave runners at the corners.

"He made some good pitches and got us chasing his slider down in the dirt," Kreiger said. "He got out of some jams. That's good pitching."

Benchoff drove in Gross with the Wildcats' third run in the fifth with a single to left.

The Wildcats came to bat in the seventh and scored four runs off Boonsboro reliever Kevin Roy, but umpires called the game before the inning ended, making it an official six-inning game.

Malott, Stouffer and Semler each had two hits for the Warriors.

Williamsport 3, Boonsboro 1



Anders and Benchoff. Semler and Bussard. WP - Anders (1-0). LP - Semler (0-1).

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