Mosby slams the door on Martinsburg

April 07, 2000|By BOB PARASILITI

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Todd Mosby threw the Martinsburg baseball team a curve on Thursday by hitting one.

The Musselman senior shortstop, who routinely swings at the first pitch he sees, showed a little patience in the seventh inning. It paid off in a looping curveball that he ripped down the left field line for what looked to be an oh-by-the-way grand slam.

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It turned out to be much needed insurance in Musselman's 10-5 victory over cross-county rival Martinsburg at P.O. Faulkner Park.

"He's a hitter that likes to hit early in the count," Musselman coach Jeff Cunningham said. "But Todd is a senior and that's the time of the game you like to see your seniors at the plate."

Musselman loved seeing Mosby in the situation. Martinsburg didn't.

The Applemen (5-2) won their fourth straight game by scratching out a 6-3 lead, with the help of two much-needed runs in the sixth aided by a balk. In the seventh, Musselman got a pair of one-out singles by Allen Corbin and Jason Bozzi to end the day for Martinsburg starter Warren Brown.


Jason Walther walked Danny Kaspac to load the bases before striking Wes Kees out to nearly get out of trouble. Then came Mosby.

Mosby hit the first two pitches he saw for a double and a single before missing the next two, which both led to Brown strikeouts.

Walther, who had success against Mosby in the two teams' first meeting, tried to sneak a curve by him. This time, patience paid off.

"I like to jump on the first pitch and get a good cut," Mosby said. "But in the last at-bat, after missing the first pitch, I got patient. We faced (Walther) in the first game and I know he likes to groove his first pitch. I've always been known for hitting high fastballs, but I have been working hard on hitting curves. He likes to throw the curve and I just stayed back on it."

Martinsburg (3-3) tried to erase the 10-3 deficit in the seventh against Mike Hudson, who relieved starter Zach Collis in the sixth. Mike Quinn doubled and Brown singled to drive in runs, until Mosby was in the middle of a game-ending double play hit to first baseman Zach Boyd by Mark Ostrowski.

"Mosby makes those double plays," Martinsburg coach Dennis Etherington said. "He is such a good fielder. He starts them and makes them go."

Musselman took a 4-0 lead after two innings, with Mosby scoring two of the runs. Brad Shade had a two-out RBI single in the first and Byrd drove in two of his three runs in the second.

The Bulldogs picked up two in the third and one in the fifth to draw within 4-3, highlighted by Brian Cummings' two-run double in the third. Musselman got two insurance runs, set up by Brown's balk.

"In the game of baseball, you have to take advantage of your opponent's mistakes and make them hurt," Cunningham said. "We never feel like we have enough runs."

Musselman 10, Martinsburg 5


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Collis, Hudson (6) and Hudson, Weatherholtz (6); Brown, Walther (7) and Cummings. WP-Collis (2-1). LP-Brown (0-1). HR-Mu: Mosby (7th, three on).

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