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Comebacks the daily special at Zonis

April 14, 2001

Comebacks the daily special at Zonis



By DAN KAUFFMAN

dankauff@herald-mail.com

Against a common opponent in Mount Hebron, both No. 10 Boonsboro and North Hagerstown showed plenty of one of baseball's key principles - patience - for victories in the Chuck Zonis Easter Classic on Saturday.

The Warriors battled through an early 4-0 deficit to take an 8-7 lead on Steve Weaver's second two-run single of the game en route to a 10-8 win over the Vikings at Boonsboro.

"(Weaver) had been struggling a little bit lately, so he really needed it," Boonsboro coach Fred Kreiger said. "... He got a good pitch to hit, and he hit it hard. Good thing it didn't hit anybody."

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Mt. Hebron then boarded the bus for North Hagerstown and watched leads of 2-0 and 4-2 vanish as the Hubs scored five runs in a breakthrough sixth for an 11-4 rout.

"We haven't gotten the big hit when we needed it (earlier this season)," North coach Shawn Reynolds said. "We finally came through with a hit when we needed it, and broke the game wide open."

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> Boonsboro played catch-up from the beginning, as the Vikings used two-run singles from Joe Michalski and Jon Zabel in the top of the first.

"We prefer not to get in that situation, but we got in it," Kreiger said. "You can either get over it or get under it. We got over it."

The Warriors used three Mt. Hebron errors and Weaver's first two-run single in the bottom half to climb back to within one, 4-3.

Joe Cipro's two-run homer in the fourth inning gave the Vikings a 7-5 lead, but Boonsboro again bounced back in the bottom half. Keith Kellinger drew a bases-loaded walk before Weaver's base hit gave the Warriors their first lead.

Keith Overdorff came on in relief with two outs in the fourth inning, allowing four hits and two runs and no walks while striking out three in earning the victory.

"We really needed someone to take the ball and run with it," Kreiger said. "We needed someone to have a good run, and Keith had it for us."

The Warriors dropped an 8-6 decision to Westminster in their second game of the day. The Owls scored five runs in the bottom of the second and held on in the late innings for the win.

John Alvarez had three hits and Mark Buckman added two for Westminster.

Kellinger had two hits, Justin Malott had a two-run single and Derek Metzger had an RBI single for the Warriors.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* "> North Hagerstown's sixth inning started quick, and the Vikings added fuel to the fire before the Hubs lit the inning ablaze.

Tied 4-4, Chris Bellon singled and T.J. Hose doubled, putting runners at second and third. Travis Carbaugh walked to load the bases, before Mt. Hebron pitcher Blake Phipps hit Matt Bellon with a pitch and walked Matt Johnson to force in two runs.

Phipps was relieved by Zabel, who got Nathan Strock to pop up for the second out. But Paul Berry ripped a two-run single down the left-field line for an 8-4 Hubs lead, and a Vikings error plated another run. Berry also had a two-run double in the third inning.

"He had a heck of a bat for us in those two spots," Reynolds said.

North threw five pitchers at Mt. Hebron, with Sam Watters earning the win with a scoreless fifth inning. Chris Bellon retired the Vikings in order in the sixth, and Bobby Long got a save with a perfect seventh inning.

The Hubs defeated Westminster 3-2 in the first game, scoring two runs in the fifth inning on RBI singles from Berry and Tanner Cross.

Tim Hawkins added an RBI double in the first inning and earned the win in relief, pitching three innings and allowing three hits and no runs. Matt Hess had two hits, including a double. Long pitched the seventh inning for the save.

Boonsboro 10, Mt. Hebron 8


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Goldberg, Zabel (4) and Michalski. Wright, Overdorff (4) and Himes. WP - Overdorff. LP - Goldberg. HR - MH: Cipro (4th, one on).

North 11, Mt. Hebron 4


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Poffenberger, Hose (3), Watters (5), C. Bellon (6), Long (7) and Long, Carbaugh (5). Knight, Phipps (4), Zabel (6) and Michalski. WP - Watters. LP - Phipps. HR - MH: Phipps (1st, two on).

Westminster 8, Boonsboro 6


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Kaetzel, Hanes (5), Bell (6) and Himes, Werst (5). Baer, Stewart (6) and Adams, Weise (6). WP - Baer. LP - Kaetzel. S - Stewart.

North 3, Westminster 2


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Koerber, Weise (4) and Brewer. M. Bellon, Hawkins (3), Johnson (6), Long (7) and Long, Carbaugh (7). WP - Hawkins. LP - Weise. S - Long.

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