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Warriors star on edge of night

April 06, 2001

Warriors star on edge of night



HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Boonsboro beats the clock and South Hagerstown despite some dark moments and unenlightened plays.

By DAN SPEARS

dans@herald-mail.com

Boonsboro over South

Photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer

Boonsboro 7, South 3


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Keller, Ryan (2), Fox (5) and Showe. Wright, N. Kaetzel (5) and Himes. WP-Wright (2-1). LP-Keller (0-2). S-N. Kaetzel (1). HR-B: Kellinger (6th, none on).



BOONSBORO - With twilight setting in at the end of a 2-hour, 49-minute marathon Thursday afternoon, Jeff Decker said he could barely see the baseball from the batter's box, and for all intents and purposes, the South Hagerstown center fielder was right.

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The way things were going for Decker and his Rebels against Boonsboro, though, the ball could have been spotlighted and it wouldn't have made one bit of difference.

Boonsboro pitchers Chris Wright and Nathan Kaetzel stranded 14 Rebels on the basepaths, and the Warriors' left-handed bats gave them all the cushion they would need for a bizarre 7-3 victory in the Monocacy Valley Athletic League.

"We've got some left-handed sticks that can swing it, and they produced today," Boonsboro coach Fred Krieger said of Nathan Himes, Cody Hanes and John Quail. "We've got them 1-2-3 in a row and we didn't want to change that."

Hanes' two-run single in the second gave Boonsboro a 5-2 lead, and the trio combined for three runs, three RBI and five hits to set up Wright and Kaetzel for the rest of a wild afternoon.

The Warriors (3-1, 3-1) blew chances to add to their lead, watching a runner get thrown out at third on a wild pitch, at first after overrunning a single and again at first after being picked off by the catcher.

"We had some opportunities to put it away," Krieger said. "And we shot ourselves in the foot."

The Rebels (1-3, 1-3) responded by leaving the bases loaded in the fourth against Wright and the fifth and sixth against Kaetzel.

They were also the victims of a mis-called smash to shortstop in the sixth that could have gotten the Rebels within one run and instead turned into nothing. By the end of the inning, coach Greg Eversole was left standing in the third base coach's box and wondering aloud what else could go wrong.

For the Warriors, it was enough.

"We didn't play great, but we pitched and hit well enough to win," Krieger said. "That's all that matters, I guess."

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